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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)



Gillard and Rudd: neoliberal nobodies in a party of political prostitutes

Kevin Rudd has resigned as Foreign Minister to battle for the Prime Ministership against the incumbent, Julia Gillard.

Rudd is no Paul Keating, and Gillard is no Bob Hawke. When it comes to convincing us to buy the shit sandwich that is Labor Party neoliberalism both are, unlike Hawke and Keating,  hopeless sales people.

Here’s some of what I wrote the other day that still seems relevant. 

The battle between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd is a consequence of Labor’s degeneration, not its cause.

This struggle between two neoliberal nobodies is not about policy.

They agree on the fundamentals and general direction of Labor as a neoliberal party, reflected in the move over the last 30 years or so from being a capitalist workers’ party to a CAPITALIST workers’ party.

Neither Gillard or Rudd offer alternative visions, different world views, about the way forward for Labor and the nation. Neither ever side with the working class.

The battle is purely about electability, of perhaps, more realistically, about  who has the best chance of avoiding a complete rout at the 2013 election.

The ALP is no longer a social democratic party. Thirty years of neoliberalism have destroyed its membership, its support base and the quality of its parliamentarians.

The battle between Gillard and Rudd is a fight over who is the best executioner to lead Labor.

The electric chair or lethal injection are the choices facing the ALP in this ‘leadership’ struggle.

There is another option for Labor. Ditch your neoliberalism and failed trickle down theories and fight for workers and their jobs and living standards against the bosses and their constant attacks on both. That way you might have a chance of surviving as a party of the working class. 

No-one in the ALP in Parliament stands for that. 

The alternative is to disappear not with a bang but a whimper like the Australian Democrats in slow motion. The alternative is to continue to lay the groundwork for an Abbot government with your current Abbott policies and market ideology.

For 30 long years neoliberalism has dominated the ALP. The surrender of the trade union leadership and with it much of the fighting spirit and brigades of the movement to class collaboration has destroyed  any vestiges of social democracy in the ALP.

Labor is now a party of political prostitutes and nothing other than mass working class struggle and a sharp turn to the Left can get these pimps out of their bourgeois bordellos.



Comment from Shane H
Time February 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

“The battle between Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd is a consequence of Labor’s degeneration, not its cause.”

Well said

Comment from John
Time February 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

Thanks Shane.

Comment from Seamus
Time February 23, 2012 at 10:37 am

One of my favourite games amid all the hoopla is to keep an eye on the media sensationalism. Surprisingly TheAge has the HUN covered at the moment with “Bloody battle to the death”. But it’s early days and you never write the newscorp boys off.

Oh well, at the very least it makes for some theater before the football season starts.

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