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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)



Saturday’s socialist speak out

Occupations are spreading across America and challenging the one sided class war of the last 30 years. There are plans for occupations in Sydney and Melbourne beginning on 15 October, occupations to give focus to the built up anger of being treated like shit, of being just some dispensable part in the bosses’ profit machine.

Clearly any movement that sees the ‘one percent’ as the problem has a class understanding of society. ‘Make the bosses pay’ is simple enough to understand and the movement is spreading like wildfire because that message resonates with so many working people after so many years of the bosses making us pay for their rotten system and its crimes. This is a movement every socialist must support, help to build and be involved in.

In the US Obama first ignored and now is trying to co-opt the movement with his sweet words. It is his ruling for the one percent that makes him part of the problem, not the solution.

In Australia the neoliberal tax talkathon finished, not with a bang but a whimper. It says much about the problems of capitalism that its major parties in Australia cannot adopt a visionary and forward looking and completely bourgeois set of tax reforms and implement them.

Meanwhile the US killing machine continues to do what it does best – kill people, and Australian women will become an integral part of that machine in the near future. Australian women killing Afghan women is not a step forward for the sisterhood. The defeat of Western forces in Afghanistan would be.

Gillard also held a jobs forum. It will try to force mining companies to buy Australian manufactured goods. The companies that replaced Rudd with Gillard and got a watered down resource tax as reward aren’t going to pay any attention to this sort of nonsense.

They would pay attention to union action that cut off their profits. But we now have an emasculated union leadership who dare not challenge the right of capital to rule and to ride roughshod over the rest of us in the name of profit. 

Vicious ruling class turd Steve Jobs died during the week. Instead of wasting our time and energy on him let’s remember all the Chinese workers he drove to suicide in his sweat shops.

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