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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)



Vale Faith Bandler

Great Aboriginal rights activist Faith Bandler has died.


Here are two snippets from a farewell in Red Flag by Cathy Lewis.

Faith Bandler was a member of the Communist Party, the Union of Australian Women, the Aborigines Progressive Association, the Australian Aborigines League and co-founder of the Australian Aboriginal Fellowship. Her activism in the immediate post-war years coincided with a generalised upsurge in working class activity.


The final word belongs to Faith: “I’m a great believer in the power of people and I think, you know I’m a street woman, I believe we should make good use of our streets. They are not just there for motorcars, they’re there for us to get out and express our feelings of how we feel, particularly about war, about peace, the manufacturing of arms, the banning of the manufacturing of arms and so on. And so my faith is in people and I can’t say anything else other than that. It always has been and it always will be.”

Vale Faith Bandler.

To read the whole article click here.



Comment from Kay
Time February 18, 2015 at 8:21 am

It is interesting to note that this great campaigner for indigenous rights was not herself indigenous. She was born in NSW, but her father had been blackbirded from Ambrym Island, Vanuatu. Her mother was a Scottish–Indian woman. She married Hans Bandler, a Jewish refugee from Vienna, who had been interned in the Nazi labour camps during WW2.

But her contributions to indigenous rights need to be lauded by all. I hope she is accorded a state funeral.

Comment from John
Time February 18, 2015 at 1:47 pm

The article makes that clear.

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