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January 2011



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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 January, 2011

Calls for an indefinite general strike in Egypt

Egyptian workers have formed a mass trade union group and are setting the date for a general strike.


Arab democracy threatens Israel and the US

The Zionist regime and its imperialist overlord are right to fear Arab democracy. We are right to welcome it.

Victory to the Egyptian working class.

Strike to bring Mubarak down

Strike to bring Mubarak down. Win the conscripts over. Arm the revolution. Take over the workplaces and run them democratically. This is the way forward for the Egyptian revolution.

Some chants against the Egyptian dictator

yasqot yasqot hosni mubarak – down, down, Hosni Mubarak; erhal, erhal, Hosni Mubarak – leave, leave, Hosni Mubarak; Masr! Masr! – Egypt! Egypt!; Aish, Horreya, Karama Insannayia – Bread, Freedom, Human Dignity wenta ya masri eih akhbarak? yasqot yasqot Hosni Mubarak!! – Oh Egypt how are you doing? Down down with Hosni Mubarak!

Egypt: the revolution has begun

Only socialist revolution offers a real solution to the intractable problems that capitalism creates and which Egyptian society confronts.

The masses are awakening.

Strike to bring down Mubarak and his regime. Seize the factories.

Victory to the Egyptian working class. Onward to freedom and food.

Long live the Egyptian revolution.

Has the revolution begun? – Have your say on Saturday’s socialist speak out

The revolt in Egypt poses point blank the need for a struggle for socialism. The demands that are driving the revolt – for an end to imperialist domination of the region, for democracy, for a decent life for the millions of Arab workers who cannot afford the basics of life in spite of living in a part of the world that has created more riches than almost any other in history – cannot be met without a fundamental reorganisation of power in the Middle East.

The flood levy isn’t progressive

It is the polluters who should pay for rebuilding the homes of workers destroyed in the floods. It is big business whose profits should be taxed, not workers.

How about a super profits tax instead Gillard?

Investment bankers, tax and Australian of the year

How appropriate that the Australian of the year under Gillard Labor is an investment banker. Simon McKeon’s award highlights once again the complete and utter capitulation of the ALP to neoliberalism. This is a Labor government committed to the market. What better way to celebrate that than to reward an exponent of financial wizardry, the sort of sleight of […]

Australia day and reaction

Without a left-wing political or industrial focus some of the exploited, the forgotten and the marginalised have turned to nationalism and its twin, racism, as crutches for the loss of working class community and working class strength in action.

One week to comment

I cut off the ability to make comments after a week because the comments section was getting filled with spam otherwise. So you have one week to comment on articles.