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July 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 July, 2011

Asylum seekers: the descent further into hell begins

The first asylum seekers arriving after the Malaysian ‘solution’ have been picked up off Scott Reef. They will be transferred to Christmas Island and then sent to Malaysia.

As part of their anti-asylum seeker campaigns Labor and the Liberals, the two parties of the Australian ruling class, have appealed to and reinforced the racism the colonial settler state and outpost of Western imperialism developed and amplified to justify the genocide of indigenous people here and the invasions of foreign lands.


White-collar criminals on easy street

We shouldn’t send rich men to jail for their tax fraud. Jail wouldn’t be good for them. It’s the place for working class men.

Saturday’s socialist speak out

The plutocracy in the United States is divided over the way forward, not in terms of fundamentals but basically as to the best way to continue the shift in wealth from labour to capital and thus address long term stagnant or falling profit rates.

Is Anders Breivik just John Howard with a gun?

There is little in the political concerns of right-wing terrorist Anders Breivik that would be out of place in Coalition Party meetings or the mainstream media and especially on the shock jock radio shows.

Breivik saw 3 threats to Western society – Islam, multiculturalism and cultural Marxism.

This is stock standard right wing discourse. Indeed some of his comments could just as easily have been made by Australian Labor Party Parliamentarians and certainly some members.

On the Greens and refugees, again

What a disgusting trade off by the Greens – refugees for a carbon tax.

Real action by them might have involved mobilising their thousands of members and millions of supporters in demonstrations and civil disobedience to win freedom for asylum seekers.

The Greens sell out refugees

The Parliamentary Greens are sacrificing asylum seekers on the altar of the carbon tax.

There is one hope – that rank and file Greens will join with the left in defending asylum seekers and challenging this despicable refugee deal which effectively outsources the torture of asylum seekers to Malaysia.

If the Greens’ leadership won’t defend refugees in the Parliament then let rank and file Greens rebel and defend them, with the left, on the streets.


The fight against the encroaching extremism of the right and the cloak of respectability the mainstream parties here and across the world give it is the fight specifically against the fascists and their ‘respectable’ legitimisers but more generally to build a genuine socialist alternative.

That means as a first step building an organisation of thousands of workers and others committed to a new society in which the threat of fascism is wiped from the earth for good. Only overthrowing the system that breeds fascism can do that. Only the working class as working class, the millions for example in Australia who produce the wealth of Australian society, have that power.

We socialists want to build an organisation of the most class conscious elements to win a new world. The first step to doing that is to build an organisation that doesn’t sink into the sewer of racism and Islamophobia but which challenges at every step of the way the creeping extremism of the right and becomes strong enough to smash this violent and abhorrent expression of capitalism now and into the future.

Malaysia, outsourcing refugee torture and the failure of the Greens

The time for parliamentary pussyfooting is over, Greens. Challenge this Government head on and stop the Malaysian solution with real action inside and outside Parliament.

Right-wing terror in Norway

No part of the political mainstream–neither conservative nor liberal [JP – reformist] parties–is blameless in the crusade against immigrants and Muslims that shaped Anders Behring Breivik.

But this has also produced revulsion among millions of people horrified by the return of the far right and its ideology–whether in the form of openly fascist parties in Europe or the Islamophobic fanatics who gravitate to the Tea Party movement in the U.S. or the “respectable” politicians on both continents who seek to exploit anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim bigotry.

Turning that revulsion into active opposition is the best way to present an alternative to the hatred and violence of the far right.

Euro on the brink?

As the euro crisis comes to a head, it will only add to the economic and politically instability of a world still reeling from the Great Recession and its aftermath. Those who want to organize for an alternative need to prepare now to meet that challenge.