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July 2012



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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, 2012

Damien Hooper photo

Photo: Jason South


Damien Hooper is a champion

Damien Hooper, whether he realises it or not, has given us a glimpse of an alternative future where our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters can be proud of their history and their resistance and join with the exploited working class in a new society of freedom and equity where their history and culture is celebrated and respected, not repressed and hidden away.

People with disabilities need free universal health care, not NDIS

Any genuine policy to provide the needs of people with chronic disease or disabilities could, and should, make them accessible through improvements to Medicare. A universal health scheme which pays for the actual needs of people, not just those the government deems worthy of funding, is what we need. See more at:

Interview with Québec student strike leader Guillaume Legault

Within the struggle you start to make links with every kind of struggle over social problems in your society but also internationally, that everyone is living the same crisis, everyone has the same shitty governments.

The rotten history of the Olympics

Both nationalism and cheating are an integral part of the modern Olympic Games, as are commercialism and the repressive measures used by host governments to “clean up” their cities. The cheating and repression that characterise the Games are a logical conclusion of sport under capitalism.

A major victory for free speech in Palestine case

As Vashti Kenway, spokesperson for the defendants told the press: “This is a huge victory for the right to protest, and in particular the right to protest in solidarity with the Palestinians. We stood and raised our voices for Palestine in a public place, which should be the right of every Melbournian and every person across Australia.”

Saturday’s socialist speak out

I slept in and missed the Olympics. Well, the opening anyway. Too bad I can’t sleep in for the next two weeks and miss the whole nationalistic claptrap that this event for big companies promulgates.

Soviets in the Russian revolution

Soviet power, which existed for only a few brief years before it was destroyed by Stalinism, proved the central claim of Marxism: workers can become conscious of their interests and can lead a socialist revolution. The soviets were the actualisation of the potential inherent in the working class. They united the working class in democratic bodies. They allowed the working class to intersect with and lead other sections of society, such as the soldiers and peasants. They provided a forum for both discussion and action. They gave workers a huge amount of power – and all of these factors raised the political consciousness of the Russian working class to the level of revolutionary socialism. This was the greatest triumph of the Russian Revolution.

Come clean on the GST, Mr Abbott

Given the electoral unpopularity of the GST in the 1990s, the Coalition will be careful about the way it deals with the tax. But make no mistake. Its goal is to increase the GST and expand it, probably in the longer term but possibly short term, especially if the economy tanks when they are in power.

Cashing in on Olympic Gold

Millions will enjoy the Olympics for the sport. But it’s the field day for fat cats that we could do without.