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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, 2014

Let he who is without sinodinos cast the first stone

Capitalism is corrupt. 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 throw.

Capitalism is killing our environment

The ecological crisis in the end cannot be solved under capitalism. It will require socialism, the social ownership of the means of production under rational democratic planning, replacing anti-social capitalist calculations to maximise private profit.

Socialists today have a key role to play in the fight for immediate reforms, since real reforms will have to target the guilty capitalist enterprises and any in government who cover for them, which has an anti-capitalist dynamic.

They will also oppose fake “market” reforms, one of which is “carbon trading”, which boils down to paying for the right to pollute. At the same time, socialists should step up their efforts to win environmentalists to the understanding that the ecological problem is at root capitalism.

March in March and the fightback we need

The welcome fact remains: more than 100,000 came out onto the streets in the first big public break with the Abbott government.

Only by engaging with people at the point at which they enter the struggle can we have a hope of cohering them into a fighting force capable of slogging it out over the longer term. Only in that way can we take the fight not just to Abbott but to the whole rotten system, which he promotes so enthusiastically.

Marches in March show there is hope

The fact that over 100000 people turned out across Australia to demonstrate against this Government should give us hope that we can continue the fight and build a mass movement against Abbott and neoliberalism. Let’s try anyway and see what happens.

Be at Canberra’s march in March this Monday

A peaceful, non-partisan citizens’ march and rally at Federal Parliament to protest against the current government’s policy decisions that are against the common good of our nation. This signifies the people’s vote of no confidence in policies of the government that go against common principles of humanity, decency, fairness social justice and equity, democratic governance, […]

Saturday’s socialist speak out

What Labor’s neoliberalism does is pave the way for right wing Liberal governments whom Labor then tries to outbid with right wing Labor policies. It is the dance of neoliberalism – right foot, right foot, right foot, the two parties jowl to flabby jowl and going round and round in an ever diminishing circle of free style neoliberalism.

Borders and the case for global freedom of movement

Nationalism acts as glue binding us to the very class that exploits us and demands that we work harder and for less writes Diane Fieldes in Red Flag. By accepting the narrative about border protection, we concede the legitimacy of the ruling class determining where workers can and can’t live, and therefore how we can live our lives. That’s why we need to recognise the right of all people to move freely around the world.

Woroni: j’accuse – in defence of Socialist Alternative against accusations of anti-Semitism

As more and more people realise the apartheid nature of Israel and while ever the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign grows and contributes to that success, the louder and louder will the cries of anti-Semitism flow from those with an interest in defending the apartheid regime. They cannot rebut the substance of the arguments that show the apartheid nature of Israel so they resort to unsubstantiated assertions, lies and innuendos of the sort found in this cheap piece of gutter journalism. Woroni, j’accuse.

Razor Sharp interview 11 March

This is a link to my 30 minute interview on 11 March with Sharon Firebrace from Razor Sharp. We discuss a range of issues including the Australian economy, neoliberalism, Abbott as a ‘liberationist’ and  Schumpeterian, the jobs slaughter, red, green and black tape and open slather for business.

Who killed Reza Berati?

Who killed Reza Berati? Let’s make this brilliant Phil Monsour song number one in Australia.