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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
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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
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Archive for May, 2012

Egypt: sometimes with the Islamists, never with the state

What do you do as a revolutionary socialist in the midst of this ongoing struggle in Egypt? One should not stop exposing the hypocrisy and the counterrevolutionary politics of the MB leadership. But we should not give up trying to attract the youth and those in the MB who are sincerely pro-revolution to the revolutionary camp and even winning them to socialist politics, something that I’m also increasingly witnessing.

The polarisation within the Islamist movement will only increase with every betrayal and compromise the Islamist leadership brokers with SCAF, with every confrontation with the state, with the growth of a revolutionary left that could provide an alternative for the disillusioned youth, and more importantly with the escalation of the strike wave.

But in all cases, we must be vigilant enough to remain organisationally independent, move under our own banners, with our own literature, and never compromise.

We should be sometimes with the Islamists, never with the state.

Parliament as judge and jury

The current Australian Parliament is a good argument for socialism and workers running society democratically through their own institutions.

War criminals kill one million in Iraq; all Gillard and Abbott talk about is parliamentary ‘standards’

If we were to have a serious debate about standards, the bloodthirsty and vicious nature of Australian capitalism would be first on the agenda. If we were serious about standards, Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott would be in prison awaiting extradition to the Hague for their war crimes and their genocide against Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.

The politics of the rising European left

Versions of reformism will seek simultaneously to express workers’ resistance to capitalism and to contain it within the framework of the system. But it underlines the necessity of building a revolutionary left that is part of this great movement sweeping Europe but maintains its own political identity.

Saturday’s socialist speak out

At the recent ACTU conference there was the sight of union busting, ‘ruling for the rich’ maggot Bob Hawke singing Solidarity Forever; the sight of Bill Kelty, the architect of the class collaborationist, wealth shifting and rank and file destroying Accord, declaiming that Labor and the unions needed to rally around the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. It was all too sickening. With work days lost through strikes per thousand employees now at 5 compared to over 1000 in the halcyon days of the early to mid 70s for the union movement and the Labor Party, perhaps the problem for the ALP and the ACTU is not too much ‘class warfare’ but not enough.

Québec : le printemps érable sans fin

La mobilisation est sans précédent dans l’histoire du Québec. Depuis plus de trois mois, entre 150 000 et 200 000 étudiants de la province canadienne – près de 50% des effectifs – sont en grève.

Fighting job cuts at Sydney University – a rank and file perspective

The “No job cuts” campaign at the University of Sydney has seen the biggest mobilisation of staff in years writes Alma Torlakovic, the chair of the campaign committee and one of the general staff of the university. The experience we’ve had at Sydney University shows how quickly the mood among workers can shift. From a place that’s often been respectable and quiet, we’ve seen a serious and defiant campaign emerge within a few short weeks. Union membership grew as the campaign spread and new layers of members were involved in activity. In a period where workers across the world are facing austerity and attacks on their living standards, strong unions will need to be rebuilt everywhere to face the coming challenges. The campaign at Sydney University has been a step in the right direction.

Tony Abbott and the Murdoch Press

No doubt former News Ltd employee Creina Chapman is the best person to be appointed a senior adviser to Tony Abbott. But shouldn’t the Opposition leader be subjected to some serious questioning about this? Who could do that? Oh I dunno, maybe Greg Sheridan from The Australian when he is next out for dinner with Abbott?

Marriage equality – what took Obama so long?

Obama isn’t being a “leader” on the issue of marriage equality, as some supporters claim, but a latecomer. His position only “evolved” to an open statement of sympathy after opinion polls showed it was a politically safe position among a large majority of the population outside of conservative Republicans.

That sea change in public sentiment was driven not by politicians, but because masses of LGBT people and their supporters spoke up and took action. Their position on what ought to be considered an elementary right hasn’t “evolved,” and they have good reason to be frustrated when supporters of the Democrats claim that Obama is making a “courageous” statement.

One thousand rally against School of Music sackings at ANU

Nearly one thousand students, staff and members of the Canberra arts community gathered in Union Court today to protest proposed staff cuts and curriculum changes at the Australian National University School of Music writes Nakul Legha in the ANU student newspaper Woroni.