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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 December, 2014

Number 2 in my top ten for 2014

This piece, Tax avoidance in Australia: is it just one bad Apple? was my second most read article in 2014. After explaining various tax arrangements, it concludes:

Company tax avoidance is not a failing of capitalism: it is its logical expression.

There are two ways to really tax the rich. The first is for workers to win bigger pay increases to stop the bosses getting their hands on more of our money before they can play funny buggers with it. The second is to overthrow the capitalist system which produces corporate tax avoidance.


Number 6 in my top 10 for 2014

This particular Saturday’s socialist speak out had a lot of readers. It covered a range of subjects and here is a snippet.

Isn’t it time the Community and Public Sector Union organised its members to strike to stop the jobs massacre in the ATO and elsewhere across the public service? If not, then the best thing Abbott and Hockey have going for them is CPSU leader Nadine Flood.

Should we campaign to put a socialist in the Senate?

The question is how to break out of the hamster wheel of Liberal and Labor conservatism. Is putting a socialist in the Senate viable? Do you support it?

Number 7 in my top ten for 2014

We workers create the wealth Hockey and Abbott are redistributing to the rich

Where does all this income – profits, rents, dividends, interest, wages etc – and the taxes imposed on it, come from? It is the wealth (or more precisely, in Marxist terms, the surplus value) we workers create that we are talking about. It is ours. We should decide where it goes, not the parliamentary popinjays of profit.

Number 8 in my top 10 for 2014

Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai is a Muslim, a feminist and a socialist. Isn’t it funny we don’t hear about these defining themes in her life?

Number 9 in my top ten for 2014

Here is number 9 in my top ten most read articles this year. The article the ANU student ‘newspaper’ refused to publish.

My top ten for 2014

This was the tenth most read article on my blog this year. Why the attacks on the disabled, pensioners, the low paid, the unemployed, students, the sick, Aborigines…? Here is a snippet:

Marx identified the tendency of the rate of profit to fall as the dagger at the heart of capitalism. The more successful individual capital is, the more of a problem it produces for capitalism. Labor is the sole source of value. The drive for more profit over competitors sees as a generalisation more and more profit reinvested in capital compared to labor at a greater rate than increases in value extracted from workers. Profit rates fall.

Solar panel payments and income tax

My latest missive to the Canberra Times, prompted by a page one article about solar panels.  Given I have a success rate of 0% these days with the Canberra Times letters, I expect this too to go into their rubbish bin of history. _______________________ The article ‘Solar take-up through the roof’ (Kirsten Lawson, The Canberra […]

Turn back their yachts

Imagine if we used the money the rich waste on this frivolous Sydney to Hobart yacht race to improve public health and education in Australia. Imagine remains a John Lennon song, unfortunately. It’s time to turn back their yachts.

ASIO and the fascists

So why hasn’t ASIO been all over those Australian Defence League idiots who have been in court a couple of times in the last week?