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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)



Give the mining tax to aborigines

Last year the mining magnates on Business Review Weekly’s Rich List increased their net wealth $9 billion.  Rudd Labor’s Resource Super Profits Tax (RSPT) will raise $9 billion in its first year. It looks to me like the filthy rich mining bosses can afford the tax.

But what is Labor going to do with the money from the tax? Spend it on other rich bastards in the form of business tax cuts, accelerated depreciation and infrastructure spending on the mines. Oh, and give $240 million of the $9 billion as a superannuation top up  for workers earning below $37000.  $240 million!

To justify this minor tax (pun intended) the Labor Party argues along national bourgeois lines that the minerals belong to all Australians.  But doesn’t it also accept that the aboriginal inhabitants have some rights to the land the rich list’s forefathers drove them off and the bosses benefit from?

Well, the Rudd Government mouths heartwarming platitudes about Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders. But it does nothing, other than invade their country under the guise of the Northern Territory intervention. The gap between aborigines and the rest of Australian society is actually widening under Labor.

On top of this, the mining companies have a long and sorry history of stealing aboriginal land.

So instead of using the RSPT to prop up the after tax profits of the parasites of the ruling class, why doesn’t Rudd Labor use all the $ 9 billion to fund adequate heath and education services to aboriginal people. After all it belongs to them, let’s pay the rent.

Indeed Labor could go much further. Instead of a resource tax the Rudd Government could introduce a Reconciliation and Surviving People’s Tax of 100 percent on the mining companies’ super profits to fund a real reconciliation program with aboriginal people, giving them control of the tens of billions raised annually  to improve their health, housing and education.


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