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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)



Let he who is without sinodinos cast the first stone

I tutored for two hours this week. Where’s my $200,000 Arfur?

My pay per hour of tutoring (which covers one hour of preparation – it actually takes much much longer – and one for student availability and admninistration) is $116, or $232 per week for the two hours. My calculation in terms of real preparation time, availability, student contact etc is I am paid about $25 an hour. If I did this 2 hour tutoring each week of the year I’d earn almost $12000 a year.

Arthur Sinodinos on the other hand, when he was with an Australian water company and before he became a Senator and then Assistant Treasurer after the election, was paid $200,000 a year for 2 hours work a week, or $2000 an hour, 80 times per hour more than me.

Of course all I do is (hopefully) inspire students to think critically about society. Arthur was paid to open up connections with politicians. Nice work if you can get it.

That is the point. We work our guts out and on average are paid about $75000 a year. The median wage is much lower. Despite there being a 38 hour week supposedly, the actual average working week in Australia is 44 hours a week, with about $110 billion in unpaid overtime stolen by the bosses. Meanwhile Sinodinos was sunning himself for $2000 an hour.

The one percent bludge and get rich rewards. We bust a gut.

The likes of Liberal  Arthur Sinodinos, and Labor man Eddie Obeid, live off our labour. The two parties are in competition to run capitalism. It is why the lurkers and perkers are to be found on both sides of capitalist politics.

Greed in a society built on greed sees many of the one percent bend the rules to enrich themselves.  But individual corruption isn’t the problem.

Capitalism is corrupt. It is built on the back of our labour. It exploits us by paying us the value of our labour power, ie enough to get us back to work the next day and raise the next generation of workers. Yet the value we workers create in the goods and services going to the market is much grater than this. In other words we are not paid the full vlaue of our work, and the difference goes to the capitalist.

There is only one way to get rid of corruption and that is to overthrow the corrupt system. That is a stone I’d like to cast.



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Comment from The Ghost
Time March 21, 2014 at 1:42 am

So he was making money because of connections to the government.

I know the solution to that… more government. Always trust the government. Introduce government intervention. Give the government more power. A bit more tax, spending, regulating, prohibitions and mandates… anything that gives the government more power.

That way, evil “capitalists” (sic) won’t be able to make money by trading in political power. Because utopia. And stuff.

Comment from don coyote
Time March 21, 2014 at 8:20 am

Ahh, The Sins of Others.

Comment from paul walter
Time March 22, 2014 at 10:10 am

A nice motif that provides perspective at the ABC this morning.. a disabled person in who had to be placed in care is discovered by her parents in a pitiful condition at an institution.

Ghostime, you discuss the manifestations or symptoms of systemic failure without contemplating its underpinnings..a classic fail, flat-earth, lazy; throwing out the bathwater with the babe doesn’t help..

Try to see it in terms of what things would be like if a basic relevant legislation suite involving Tobin Taxes, say,reassertion of Habeas corpus,etc (not Stalinism or rightist micromangement to thwart change) were some how superimposed over the current dead sheep, were it somehow to be brought to life again and the writhing mass of grubs now resident expelled.

Leftists want a radical change that accomplishes the goal of having society function on use rather than exchange value, that invites participation rather than stifles it, in short a workable rather than perverted system of human relations.

You may smile and call this a normative goal, but many are sick of looking about them seeing not so much day to day existential suffering, but unnecessary suffering and utter waste and why the removal of the current obstructive oligarchy is the basic requirement for a mindset change and transport of humanity from a dark age.

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