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February 2014



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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 February, 2014

Can workers stop the jobs massacre?

Is there an alternative to Labor’s guided Schumpeterianism and the Liberals’ overt ‘let the market forces rip’ destruction of jobs and capital?

The Transport Workers Union has given a hint of an alternative. It has threatened strikes against QANTAS and its attempts to sack 5000 staff.


Razor Sharp interview Tuesday 25 February

My weekly 30 minute interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp, this one on Tuesday 25 February.

On cloud nine, the Auckland Nines

The Dick Smith Auckland Nines was one of the best rugby league or indeed sporting tournaments I have ever attended. This was such a great few days of fast football and Auckland was so warm and welcoming that I will be going back next year, whenever it is held. I’d suggest you try to book early because it will become very expensive closer to the day next year and harder and harder to get seats.

The Dick Smith Auckland Nines definitely is hobbit forming.

Of course it is a political cover up

‘Operational matters’ is an Orwellian phrase to stop us learning the truth of what our political masters like Scott Morrison and those riding shotgun with them like Angus Campbell are doing to asylum seekers.

The fire crisis in the Latrobe Valley

A public health disaster is unfolding in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. The brown coal mine connected to Hazelwood power station has been burning since 9 February, and fire authorities are at a loss as to how to put it out. 200,000 people’s health is being sacrificed to keep the power – and the profits – flowing.

Some facts on asylum seekers from the Australian Parliamentary Library

The purpose of this background note is to present information (in a simplified format) that may help address some of the popular misconceptions that surround asylum issues. It includes information on asylum claims, unauthorised arrivals and irregular migration in Australia and Europe.

Is Venezuela burning? A letter from Mike Gonzalez in Caracas

Caracas is seeing an uprising of the middle classes and the rich. The working class neighbourhoods remain loyal to the government, but also deeply cynical about the extraordinary corruption of the heirs of Chavez. Mike Gonzalez analyses this contradictory situation in revolutionary socialism in the 21 st century

Saturday’s socialist speak out

There will be candlit vigils across Australia for murdered asylum seeker Reza Berati on Sunday from 8 pm. The one in Canberra is on Saturday night from 7.30 pm in Garema Place. This GetUp! link has details for most cities.

Dump the system to save the planet

Politicians say “we” must change our ways to save the planet—but Sadie Robinson in Socialist Worker UK argues waste is built into capitalism

My interview Razor Sharp 18 February

Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February.