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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 September, 2014

Mass protests grow in Hong Kong

This time, Beijing has spoken directly, and it will take a massive effort to get them to back down. Mass strikes could do it, but the unions are weak and divided, with the largest federation (the HKFTU) a pro-Beijing sham. Nevertheless, the Professional Teachers’ Union, which belongs to the pro-democracy HKCTU, has called a strike in protest at the police actions. Workers at a Coca Cola factory in one of the major new towns in the New Territories, Sha Tin, also voted to strike after an emergency meeting on Monday morning.


Hong Kong: workers strike for democracy

This is a note from LabourStart about the situation in Hong Kong. This strike call pits workers, the one social force that can win this battle, against the dictatorship, and raises the possibility of drawing in workers in China itself and going beyond bourgeois democracy to genuine democracy. The note says: On September 28, the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions declared “we cannot let the students fight alone”, and called for workers to strike in support of 4 demands: the immediate release of all the arrested, an end to the suppression of peaceful assembly, replacing the “fake universal suffrage” formula with the genuine political reform workers have been demanding, and the resignation of Chief Executive Leung Chun Ying.

My Razor Sharp interview with Sharon Firebrace 29 September

This is the link to my 30 minute Razor Sharp interview with Sharon Firebrace on 29 September. We discuss the anti-Liberal polls, the reluctance to jump immediately into bed with Labor, war, the terrorism hysteria, big business and tax and the erosion of freedoms and liberties.

Dear Victoria Police Complaints Unit

Dear Victoria Police Complaints Unit

Here is a snippet from my latest article in New Matilda about Victoria police inaction against death threats and abusive posts from Victorian police headquarters. But don’t worry. I have no expectation you will actually do anything given I am just a socialist and your officers need protecting from people like me.

ASIO ate my homework

The kids of radical leftists will now be able to say that ASIO ate their homework. Any attempt by teachers to elicit information could then be met with the claim that to reveal more would render the children liable for prosecution under section 35P of the ASIO Act which makes it a crime punishable by ten years in jail to reveal details of ASIO operations. There is one small silver lining to these profound attacks on our freedoms.

Rugby League – the workers’ game?

Tickets prices for the Rugby League Grand Final: Grand Final Ticket Prices Adult Concession Junior Family Diamond $380 — — — Platinum $310 — — — Gold $245 $230 $215 $705 Silver $165 $120 $95 $420 Supporter Sections $165 $120 $95 $420 Bronze $80 $60 $50 $190 Note*: Service/Delivery fees from $5.35 will apply depending […]

Murdoch fuelled white terrorist threatens to behead young Muslim students: the headline you won’t see

Counter terrorism expert Truth McOrwell has warned that this case exposes the grave dangers Australia faces. ‘From Vietnam, to Iraq, to Afghanistan, just to name a few in recent memory, the white community has a long history of violence overseas, she said. ‘It was only a matter of time before that violence came home.’

One law for the rich, one law for the rest of us

A snippet from my latest article in New Matilda about police inaction against death threats and abusive posts from Victorian police headquarters. ‘Another commenter who called themselves Dirty Unwashedc*nts (DUC) among other things said: ‘Never let the truth get in the way of a good story hey cockhead?’ There were other abusive comments from them. […]

A Fairfax picture paints a thousand racist agendas

Almost everything we are reading about ‘terror Australis’ is bullshit from Team Australia and the compliant media to further a particular goal – to unite us with the warmongers, racists and Islamophobes in yet another blood soaked certainly doomed adventure in the Middle East. It may also be a temporary distraction from the economic terrorism the Abbott government has unleashed on us.

The pall of self-defence descends

No Muslim in Australia is safe from the State or its outsourced violent arms like the fascist Australian Defence League or the emboldened racists who attack Muslim women in the streets. Abbott and the capitalist media are unleashing a pogrom against Muslims.