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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 May, 2011

The point of the Slutwalk protests

While the call for these demonstrations does argue for re-appropriating the word slut, the primary emphasis is on a rejection of victim-blaming, breaking down sexist stereotypes and demanding sexual freedom for all women.


It’s not about actors; it’s about screwing workers

Julia Gillard is not the Laurence Olivier of politics. She is more like a snake oil salesman who can’t convince the audience of the magical qualities of her carbon price product. A shit sandwich is still a shit sandwich no matter who is spruiking its benefits.

We work and the bosses profit

The latest figures on industry income and profits from the Australian Bureau of Statistics confirm Marx’s argument that it is workers who create society’s wealth through their labour and the bosses who steal it through their ownership of the means of production. Of course we have to be careful using the bourgeoisie’s figures because they don’t use Marxist methodology […]

Taxing solar panel income

In my view payments for solar panel generated electricity, and I would add credits of such payments against consumption, are assessable income.

Saturday’s socialist speak out – have your say

The Government’s own climate commission warned this was the decade of decision and the two parties dither. It’s time for a mass movement to force action on climate change now. The Business Council has accepted the need for a carbon tax, but at $10 a tonne and with many many exemptions. Ah yes, that’s decisive […]

Super rich woman smashes the glass ceiling?

It’s time for workers to fight for real wage increases to end the obscenity of the super rich wallowing in their untaxed billions.

Reining in the revolution

BOMBS and bribes, promises and threats. That’s Barack Obama’s formula for derailing the revolutions in the Arab world and keeping the region under U.S. domination.

Climate change: the critical decade

As the revolutions across the Arab world show, ordinary people have to seize their future. We can begin by arguing in our unions for real action on climate change that makes the bosses pay for their pollution and moves us to a renewable energy economy by 2020.

Saying YES? Unions should be saying no to a carbon tax

As the debate over climate change solutions hots up, the focus now seems solely on a carbon price and ruling class squabbles over their share of compensation, while any real talk of jobs or developing a sustainable renewable energy sector has disappeared. Labor and the Greens’ determination to drive climate solutions through a market-based scheme – the carbon tax – has been decisive in focusing the debate.

The Arab spring spreads to Spain

The complete bankruptcy of reformism in Spain is plain to see for many many workers. Without the dead hand of the union bureaucracy to crush their dreams and demands the spread of the fightback against neoliberalism into the workplaces is possible.

The Arab spring has spread to Spain and opened up the possibility of the Spanish working class entering on to the stage of history.