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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 November 4th, 2012

Greens support Labor Government in the ACT

The ACT Greens had a chance to be bold and implement a grand vision for the Territory. Instead we got a milksop of an ALP/Greens agreement which all but guarantees that the political isolation and decline of the Greens will continue over the next 4 years.


The politics of George Orwell

In Canberra Socialist Alternative’s next public meeting is on the Politics of George Orwell. As John Pilger reminds us, ‘Orwell is almost our litmus test. Some of his satirical writing looks like reality these days.’ This talk reclaims Orwell for the left. 6 pm Thursday 8 November Room G 8 Moran building ANU

Mounting problems behind Chavez’s victory

Without Chávez controling these contradictions will require more and more repression, and the people will have to organize anew, independently of those in power. But that has to be prepared already today. The socialists, many of whom fight sincerely as part of the Chávez movement, should dedicate themselves from now on to work from the grassroots, creating the capacity to rescue socialism – the theory and practice of the working class that transforms itself into the maker of its own history – from the hands of those who try to redefine it as the instrument of a state that more and more serves its own interests.

Venezuela: el chavismo contra un candidato no tan nuevo

Porque la realidad es que el estado chavista se ha convertido en un aparato de poder que se dedica a frenar toda iniciativa popular, incorporando a líderes de base por un lado e incluso reprimiendo las iniciativas populares a escala local por otro. … Sin Chávez su control se volverá cada vez más represión y el pueblo tendrá que organizarse de nuevo, independientemente de las instancias del poder. Pero esto se tiene que preparar desde hoy. Los socialistas, muchos de ellos peleando sinceramente dentro y desde el chavismo, se dedicarán desde ahora a trabajar desde las bases, creando la capacidad de actuación y rescatando el socialismo (teoría y práctica de las clases trabajadoras que se transforman en protagonista de su propia historia) de manos de los que tratan de redefinirlo como protagonismo de un estado que actúa de parte y en ausencia de ellas, y cada vez más en sus propios intereses.