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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 October, 2013

Love is in the air but the struggle for same sex marriage continues

The High Court will pay attention to what people are doing in the streets. That means building huge rallies across Australia to support the ACT same sex marriage laws. Doing that also puts pressure on the other State and Territory jurisdictions, and ultimately the Commonwealth, to legislate for equal love.

The brave campaigners for equal marriage have won the first battle. Now to win the war.

The only illegals I see are in Abbott’s government

Why are the Australian Federal Police not prosecuting the illegals, the rorters, on Abbott’s frontbench, including Abbott himself?

We truly live in an upside down world. Poor, powerless asylum seekers who have committed no crime are called illegals while those in power who have rorted the parliamentary expenses system are exempt from prosecution.

First they came for the bikies

The Abbott Liberal Government and its State counterparts will ratchet up their strategy of vilification and demonisation against the powerless, the poor, refugees, bikies, indigenous Australians. This lays the groundwork for turning on social welfare recipients – so called dole bludgers and the like – and then on to the defensive organisations of labour, unions. They will ramp up the rhetoric of union thugs and attacks on unions.

An injury to one is an injury to all. To keep and improve current pay, conditions and jobs we will have to fight back against reaction, against all demonisation and vilification, against attacks on unions. If there is hope it lies in the proles.

Firies, funding and pay

I think that, once the fire danger has passed, the threat of a probably illegal strike campaign in NSW by all firefighters for massive increases in pay and government funding should be on the cards.

What firefighters really think of the Liberals

Saturday’s socialist speak out

As fires destroy hundreds of homes across New South Wales, Tony Abbott prepares to abolish the carbon tax and replace it with a direct action plan that will pay polluters if they reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. But only if it costs less than $3 billion a year. Something about Nero comes to mind.

Abbott lays groundwork for attacks

All in all then the Liberals are going to try to force us to swallow some highly toxic medicine in order to prop up the profits of their big business mates and to undermine our ability to stand up for our rights. We have no choice but to organise and fight them.

Abortion rights struggles of the past

Access as well as “rights” is crucial for working class women, so issues such as the cost of contraceptives, doctors’ bills, access to hospital care and the like still need to be campaigned about. Stella Browne summed up what we’re still fighting for: “Abortion … should be available for any woman without insolent inquisitions, nor ruinous financial charges, nor tangles of red tape. For our bodies are our own.”

Universities – can’t see the Forrest for the Twiggies?

‘Forrest has never signed a corporate income tax cheque for any of the listed companies he has run in the past 16 years. And FMG has another $700 million in tax losses still to bring to account before he will have to do so.’ Laura Tingle AFR 17 June 2011.

Beating back the bigots

An all-out offensive against abortion rights isn’t on the agenda at this point, and the crew at the bigot rally are, for now, an isolated minority writes Jessica Lenehan in Red Flag. But they are a minority with serious financing and political connections. Under an Abbott government they will be seeking to increase their clout. We’ll be ready.