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April 2010



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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Archive for April, 2010

What is happening in Palestine is genocide

Socialists need to orient to those fighting against imperialism today – the Arab masses and their Western supporters – not to those supporting imperialism.


Bolivia climate conference: The poor take charge of battle for the planet

The Cochabamba Accord is an astonishing document. It calls for radical cuts in carbon dioxide emissions, no market solutions, and an end to capitalism.

Capitalism is not sustainable

Capitalism as a system of unpaid costs will lead to barbarism in the form of ecological collapse, unless there’s a movement for a different kind of system.

From Goldman Sachs to the Melbourne Storm, the game remains the same

It’s not a few bad apples. The whole system is rotten. The Melbourne Storm is a mirror into the soul of capitalism.

If it wasn’t socialist, what was the USSR?

The collapse of the Soviet Union was neither a step forward, nor backward, but sideways – from state capitalism to market capitalism.

In defence of their land

From Melanie Jewell. In a country filled with war memorials commemorating those who fought other people’s battles in other people’s countries, there is not a single memorial to those who fought in defence of their country, in their own country. So, as Australia pays its respects for ANZAC Day, I’d also like to pay respect […]

Human rights and the left

The Rudd Government has decided not to introduce a national Human Rights Act. Typically conservatives have welcomed the decision while liberals have condemned it. Both misunderstand that we live in a world that not only restricts freedom; it is built on unfreedom. We are denied the freedom to be human in a society where we […]

Tony Babino the Internationale

A great rendition of the Internationale.  Clearly the video maker thinks very highly of Che and other stalinists. The Internationale by Tony Babino is sung at the end of Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A love story. The song, not the video, is at the end of the film. Moore doesn’t have illusions in Stalinism.

The myth of Anzac Day

The first Anzac Day was an attempt to divert anger away from the capitalist class to those who were “disloyal”. It was also an important part of the pro-conscription propaganda.

Single mothers protest against poverty

Single mothers are now in a desperate financial situation. They have been left with no choice but to take to the streets and protest against this Labor government’s policies during an election year.