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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)



Archive for February, 2011

What about Saudi Arabia?

No, there could never be a revolution in Saudi Arabia, could there?

Libya – strikes can win freedom

Strike to bring Gaddafi down. Win the conscripts over. Arm the revolution. Take over the workplaces and run them democratically. Victory to the Libyan revolution.

Saving Labor from its neoliberal self?

The Labor Party has attracted to it free market spivs, hacks and petit bourgeois careerists whose only conception of working class life is from television or the pages of The Australian. Julia Gillard is as divorced from the life of working class Australians as Hosni Mubarak was from ordinary Egyptians.

The first task of unionists is to rebuild rank and file organisation and win back control of their unions from conservatives like Howes. As one Egyptian socialist put it, it’s time to take Tahrir Square into the workplace.

From the Middle East to the Midwest: Will this democracy disease infect Australia too?

I wonder if, like Tahrir Square in Egypt, we in Australia need a place of protest and occupation in say Sydney or Melbourne to take the struggle forward for aboriginal people, for women workers, for gays and lesbians, for peace, not war, for refugees, for better public health, housing, education and transport, for real action to address climate change, for union rights, for better pay and conditions, in short a struggle for all working people?

From the Middle East to the US?

Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Algeria, Libya, Jordan, Syria… With 30,000 workers demonstrating against budget cuts can we now add Wisconsin, and after that New Jersey and California?

Of Arab revolutions, Islamophobia and Labor’s woes – have your say on Saturday’s socialist speak out

Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Algeria, Jordan, Syria, Libya…The masses in these Arab countries are fighting for freedom and food, for justice and jobs. Tunisia and Egypt toppled their dictators because the working class began to strike. It is a lesson the freedom fighters in the other countries could learn. While Arab people are fighting for their […]

70 years ago it was Jews as targets; now it is Muslims

Politicians on both sides of the capitalist divide think there are votes in bashing Muslims. One side is just quiet about it and watches as the boats full of Muslims sink,while talking about being tough on asylum seekers. The other side attacks Muslims openly and talks about turning the boats back.

Scott Morrison – making Labor’s refugee killers look good

The best memorial to those asylum seekers killed by Labor’s policies would be a mass campaign to bring refugees to Australia rather than force them to risk their lives at sea in dangerous boats and to free all those jailed in our detention centres into the community now.

Capitalism in wonderland

When Julia Gillard says a carbon price is essential because “it unlocks one of the most powerful forces on earth – the genius of the free market”, she is, according to the authors of The Ecological Rift, talking about “Capitalism in Wonderland”. And rather than creating a real world of wonder, continuing on this free market path can only mean that the future of the planet will be “nasty, brutish and short.”

The Online Opinion debate – Gregory Storer’s response

Gregory Storer has written on the Online Opinion controversy explaining his role and making the point in a calm and convincing manner that this was always about vilification. His very astute and sensible article is called On Line Opinion and me.