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September 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 September, 2010

The Commonwealth Games unravel

In India, we are seeing how this process of rapid-fire development on the quick has crossed the line that divides the development from the spectacle. Now not only are dissidents and workers endangered, the athletes themselves are imperiled as well. For the first time since the Second World War, the show may not go on. But this time, the war is the show and the show is the war.


Safety on site

The ABCC is not about stamping out lawlessness but stamping out building unions, the one group of unions still committed to defending their membership by sometimes taking industrial action over shoddy work and safety practices and defending jobs and wages.

The ‘crime’ these unions commit is being real unions.

Why is the mass media so rotten?

The capitalist press is a mouthpiece not just for the media barons, but for the whole ruling class. It plays a role in promoting bourgeois ideology and suppressing ideas that challenge the system. This is neither straightforward nor conspiratorial, as bourgeois ideas are necessarily fragmented and contradictory.

Australian troops – killing in the name

Australian troops are the armed wing of Australian imperialism. They are in Afghanistan to further the interests of the Australian ruling class, that tiny minority that live off our sweat.

Making peace with genocidal Zionism

Zionism is not interested in peace with the Palestinians. It has only one goal – the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians from Palestine. It wants nothing less than the destruction of the Palestinians as part of the ultimate gaol of Zionism – an expansionist Jewish state across the region without Palestinians or their memory

The racist Commonwealth Games – Saturday’s socialist speak out

Bashing Indians verbally and physically seems an Australian pastime. The Empire Games – quick change the name to Commonwealth games – reflect an era of colonialism and racism that continues in various guises to this day. None of this is to excuse the Indian elite who tried to build a Commonwealth games on the back of […]

The two souls of socialism

Ultimately, only the ideas of socialism from below offer a way to break down the “muck of ages” and to produce a new society without class divisions. Only through the mass participation of the working class in a revolution – as the central actors, not just as passive supporters – can the working class become fit to rule. As it was put in the charter of the First International, “the emancipation of the working classes must be conquered by the working classes themselves”.

Where is Cuba headed?

The Cuban government of Raúl Castro announced last week that it would push 500,000 workers out of state jobs next year. According to the official trade union at least half of the 500,000 workers would be given new licenses for self-employment, and another 200,000 would be absorbed into cooperatives. The layoff announcement marks the latest […]

More blood on Gillard’s hands

Julia Gillard is delivering death to those seeking liberty. Close down the detention centre concentration camps.

The myth of Labor’s ‘Light on the Hill’

Labor’s ‘light on the hill’ was a lie in 1949; it is a lie now.