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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)



How did Tony Abbott end up as Australia’s Prime Minister?

This bottler of a meme from Chris Graham and New Matilda shows a truth many deny. We got Abbott courtesy of Rudd and Gillard.

Mike said in response, in a comment that was inadvertently spammed, ‘Voters.’ Of course voters voted Abbott and the rest of his crew in. However they did so in a fit of reaction against Labor.

There is a continuity in our politics. We have two parties of neoliberalism who argue over the detail.  

The first and arguably most successful governments of neoliberalism (most successful from the point of view of the bosses) were the Hawke and Keating Labor governments.

Hawke and Keating and their neoliberalism made Howard acceptable. Rudd and Gillard and their neoliberalism made Abbott acceptable.

Shorten and co and their neoliberalism are making Abbott potentially re-electable.

The degeneration of Labor from a capitalist workers’ party to a capitalist party (or at least a long way down the road in that direction) has created a vacuum on the left that no new social democratic or revolutionary group has been able to fill. Yet.

A major part of that degeneration has to do with the lack of class struggle in Australia and the class collaboration of the trade union leadership. The idea of struggle is seemingly dead. Its actuality at the moment certainly is.

However the old mole of class struggle and revolution is burrowing away beneath the surface, waiting for the right to time to re-emerge into the light of day.  

That is why it is important today to help build the groups on the left like Solidarity and the struggles of the day to keep alive the idea of struggle and be part of it now and for the future.



Comment from Ross
Time June 2, 2015 at 8:31 pm

John: Abbott ,Gillard and Rudd. What’s the difference ? Abbott is just more up front in how he wants to screw us. They all work for corporate power.

Comment from Julie
Time June 3, 2015 at 9:11 am

Welll said John!

Comment from peter piper
Time June 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm

did he end up as PM because the majority of Aussies voted for him (or at least his party?)..just a weird radical thought..

Comment from John
Time June 3, 2015 at 2:45 pm

Yes, and another weird radical thought is that Labor’s gutlessness makes him electable.

Comment from philip s
Time June 3, 2015 at 3:31 pm

Because the people were sick of the Labor Gov which let in over 50,000 welfare for lifers and there would be no end to them coming.

You will not post this you gutless wonder.

Comment from John
Time June 3, 2015 at 5:55 pm

Poor poor Philip. His only joy in life is attacking asylum seekers. What a miserable little life you must lead to be sucked in to such uncaring bitter inhumanity. Does it make you feel better poor little man? Who else do you focus your anger and vitriol on? Dole bludgers? Aborigines? Unionists? Muslims? How fitting that your lie about me not posting your miserable pathetic comment is coupled with your attack on asylum seekers.

You know what Philip? I am working for open borders. Sweet dreams knuckle head.

And I am not alone. A good report on the government ramping up Islamophobia.

Comment from Kay
Time June 4, 2015 at 8:02 am

I guess that there are many who would view your efforts to open our borders as very unpatriotic – close to treason. But maybe you’re just recruiting more socialists?

And, of course, you always play the man, not the ball, when it comes to comments you don’t agree with. Pathetic!

Comment from Kay
Time June 5, 2015 at 7:21 am

You know, you are a gutless wonder. You love to spew unwarranted bile at anyone who disagrees with you. You play the man, not the ball. Then you refuse to post any comeback comment that makes you look like an idiot. All designed to make yourself look good, with the victims of your bile looking like they have no response. Talk about dishonest and gutless!

Comment from John
Time June 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm

You just don’t like the fact that I point out racists like you are in bed with fascists, your logical collaborators. Stiff shit racist.

Comment from John
Time June 6, 2015 at 2:35 pm

Treason eh? Quick, report me to the police! Mount a campaign! Tell Tony Abbott! Arrest me! Go on, make an idiot of yourself. Again. Or don’t you have the guts to follow through with the logic of your suggestion because you know they are the utterances of a fool?

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