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April 2015



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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)



Abbott’s agenda and the war on penalty rates

I am speaking on Tuesday evening at a Solidarity socialist group meeting in Canberra on the attacks on penalty rates and what is driving the Abbott government.

Come along to hear a discussion about why Abbott wants to cut your wages and penalty rates, and how to fight back. (Details at the end of the article).

The Abbott government wants to get rid of penalty rate or reduce them, and the same bosses that underpay and abuse staff agree with him.

The backlash against the unfair 2014 Budget has forced Abbott and Hockey to go softly on their attacks on the poor and workers. They have outsourced the cuts to penalty rates to the Productivity Commission and Fair Work Australia.

Make no mistake. Cutting or abolishing penalty rates cuts the living standards o a large number of workers. Bosses won’t use the extra money to employ more staff. They’ll pocket it for their own benefits.

The best way to stop these attacks and stop rotten bosses screwing us over is to take industrial action to protect our hard won gains of the past.

Abbott’s Agenda & the War on Penalty Rates Tuesday 14 April at 17:30 Uni Pub in Civic, 17 London Circuit, Canberra ACT 2601 (not the ANU Bar, the Uni Pub off campus).

Here is a link to the Facebook page for the event



Comment from Lorikeet
Time April 14, 2015 at 7:59 pm

I couldn’t agree more, John.

Only yesterday I was speaking with a young man who works in a large supermarket chain about the government’s agenda to take away his penalty rates. His answer? “Not in my life time.”

This just goes to show how out of touch some workers are with the realities of the workplace.

This guy would only be about 20. While I was in the store, I saw him moving quickly between unloading fruit and vegetables onto shelves, training new staff and working at lightning speed on a checkout. I said I thought he must be due for a wage increase, such is the high quality of his service.

Maybe the boss keeps him too busy to have time to think about rotten capitalist agendas.

Comment from Kay
Time April 15, 2015 at 8:20 am


Perhaps if you were able to travel more, you would see the very high levels of unemployment, especially youth unemployment, around the world – including in socialist and post-socialist countries, as many are in South and Central America. This is associated with extremely high levels of crime and street begging in those countries. Seeing these things with your own eyes trumps reading self-interested propaganda and ideological ravings!

Your young supermarket mate is lucky to have a job – when compared with world standards. No doubt courtesy of the capitalist system we have all benefited from our entire lives. If he continues to perform well and work hard, he will, ipso facto, get promoted, move on to bigger and better things, and improve his financial status. That is how most people have progressed in their lives.

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