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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)



Archive for March, 2013

Capital and tax – a very simple example

As profit rates have fallen and are up to half what they were in the boom years of the 50s and 60s, across the developed world the state has responded by cutting taxes on capital.

Lies, damned lies and weapons of mass destruction

This was a war of terror, based on lies. The individuals who led the war on Iraq should be prosecuted, but more than that, the system of capitalism that leads to war after war needs to be overthrown.

The pen is dry

The pen is dry. I cannot or maybe will not write tonight. Who can discern the will, other than in my case at the moment perhaps obstinacy and a feeling of relaxation after 20 minutes of deeper water running and 45 of gentle aqua aerobics? The life of politics is not a game but the […]

Tackling the jobs versus the environment myth

The blame for unemployment lies with the 1 percent–and certainly not with environmentalists opposing pipelines that will carry tar sands oil, any more than with immigrants or al-Qaeda, or any other scapegoat the media or the right wing offer as a distraction.

Faced with twin economic and environmental crises, both caused by the free market, working people have to stand together to confront both. Instead, union leaders are siding with those who have spread the misery of unemployment, and who view the health and well-being of living things as an obstacle to higher returns on their investments.

Saturday’s socialist speak out

Such is the degeneration of Australian politics in response to the fall in profit rates around the globe since the late 60s and early 70s that minor differences between the 2 major parties have become the grand debates. My pin head can fit more angels on it than yours!

Why are women still unequal?

Women are constantly told, in many different ways, that we are not equal and that our value lies in our bodies’ ability to please heterosexual men and sell products writes Kate Jeffreys in Socialist Alternative. Working women will be liberated by fighting against capitalism, alongside our working class brothers, for a world run for human need, rather than for corporate profits.

Free speech for billionaires

Free speech is free speech for the billionaires. It is they who control the means of communication. That free speech for them is built on the denial of free speech for the rest of us.

Truths the neoliberals dare not print

The choice for Labor is the Hugo Chavez route or oblivion. Goodbye Labor.

Stalin’s rivers of bloods

On the 60th anniversary of the death of Russian dictator Joseph Stalin, Ian Birchall in Socialist Worker UK looks at his life and how his politics damaged the idea of socialism for decades. Stalinism offers a bleak image of what socialism is not. But the early years of workers’ power in Russia, and the traditions of those who resisted Stalin’s rise, often at the cost of their lives, offer a vision that can inspire and teach us.

The National Plan for Improvement of Politicians

The Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research, Chris Bowen MP, and the Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett MP, have announced an ambitious plan to improve the quality of Parliamentarians.

Everyone recognises we are tired of the crooks, duds, time servers, megalomaniacs and lazy bastards who make up our parliamentary class. We demand and expect more and this Labor government is at the forefront of delivering on its promises to increase the quality of parliamentarians through its National Plan for Improvement of Politicians.

Here is a transcript of an interview with the Ministers explaining the government’s approach. In the interests of literacy a few words have been changed.