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October 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)



A refugee, a protester and a war criminal

The other night a Tamil asylum seeker committed suicide. In August he was found to be a genuine refugee. ASIO wouldn’t let him out until it conducted its interminable security checks.

He had committed no crime, other than to be a Tamil in Sri Lanka. An innocent man, he had been in Australia’s concentration camps for almost two years after fleeing the Sri Lankan elite’s genocide against Tamils.

In Perth, the State Government has criminalised protests against the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting starting on Friday. It has used draconian powers to ban 35 people from entering a CHOGM exclusion zone.

One of them, Sean Gransch, works near the zone, putting up and taking down scaffolding for, you guessed it, CHOGM. Too dangerous to walk the streets near CHOGM but not too dangerous to set up some CHOGM platforms.

Sean says he went into the zone for cigarettes. He was locked up for 24 hours for breaching the exclusion zone order and eventually released in jail.

Here is what Simon White in the Sydney Morning Herald reported:

Mr Gransch’s lawyer told the court his client was merely going about his work constructing staging for CHOGM – echoing an earlier claim from the Search For Your Rights protest group.

“Sean Gransch has worked for World Stages for over a decade and is a trusted employee of CHOGM,” Search For Your Rights spokesman Pearl Lim said.

“[He] now faces the possibility of a year in jail just for arriving at work. The Barnett government is making criminals of hardworking innocent people – and to what end?”

Of course the protesters aren’t violent, merely pointing out that this meeting of the one percent won’t address any of the real problems that need to be dealt with.

The demonstrators would hurt no-one so talk of protection is a nonsense. If anything it is the people of the world who need protecting from this shadow of Empire and the thugs and brutes who run it. 

And who is this draconian law supposedly protecting?  This attack on democracy is to defend the Sri Lankan President and alleged war criminal Mahinda Rajapaksa. During the Civil War the ruling elite from the Sinhalese majority murdered up to 25,000 Tamils.   

Ben Saul’s article in the Conversation today gives the details of the accusations, including a UN report which found the evidence of war crimes by the Sri Lankan government credible.

A man fleeing these war crimes is imprisoned in Australia and dies; a man who allegedly perpetrated it is feted at CHOGM. It says it all about the system really. That’s why we are protesting against the one percent.

The Government dithered over a security assessment for the Tamil refugee, yet had no difficulty giving a visa to the Sri Lankan president nor in welcoming its ambassador to Australia, another man with the stench of war crime accusations surrounding him.

Evidently Julia Gillard will have harsh words with Rajapaksa, this alleged mass murderer. Well, knock me over with a feather. That ought to have him shaking in his boots.

He should be in jail in Perth awaiting trial for war crimes. He isn’t and won’t be. Gillard’s Attorney General Robert McClelland quashed a private prosecution  against Rajapaksa for war crimes, arguing that he  had diplomatic immunity from prosecution. Unlike that other former western favourite and criminal, Gaddafi, apparently.

A refugee is dead. A protester has spent 24 hours in jail for being in the middle of Perth. And a war criminal walks among the other ‘dignitaries’ at CHOGM. The wrong people were imprisoned; the alleged criminal is free.  

How could this happen? The system is crooked, brutal and inhuman.

The war criminals are part of the one percent; that one percent looks after its own when it suits them.


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