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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)



Of sharks and pepper spray: the ‘moanstream’ media in Australia

The top news in Australia today is a surfer being attacked by a shark. In South Africa.

None of the ‘moanstream’ media (as far as I can tell) mention the Victorian police pepper spraying medics who were attending a person whom the cops had indiscriminately pepper sprayed and who was having breathing difficulties and needed to be taken to hospital.

The fifty first woman this year has died at the hands of her partner but other than talkfests there is no mention of that either.

There is a pattern here. The capitalist media reports and emphasises or spins things that reinforce a capitalist world view.

To report, let alone investigate police violence against medics, or domestic violence, might undermine two key pillars of capitalist society – the police and the family. Because they are integral elements of the system, the violence inherent in them cannot be investigated and other than brief factual reports of deaths or injuries there will be silence. Worse, in the case of protesters against racism, the police violence will be painted as violence from the protesters.


On the question of the police attacking medics, on Saturday the 18th of July 2015 Melbourne Activist Legal Support (MALS) fielded a team of eight (8) trained Legal Observers at the Reclaim Australia and counter rallies that took place near the intersection of Spring and Bourke Streets in Melbourne’s Central Business District. In a statement they said, among other things:

‘A particular area of concern was an incident that occurred at the corner of Spring and Little Bourke Streets at approximately 12:43 PM. An ad-hoc medic triage station had been set up on Little Bourke Street near the corner. One patient was semi-conscious on the ground and under the care of the Street Medics and waiting for the ambulance. A physical altercation between rival protestors began directly in front of the medic station when Police rushed around the corner and immediately and without warning sprayed into the crowd of 60-80 people present. Street Medics and other volunteers who were trying to keep the medic triage area clear were severely affected by the OC foam as were most people in the area (including journalists and bystanders). The injured person receiving care was again affected by the OC spray.

‘According to Legal Observers present the OC foam was not directed towards individuals who were threatening police or engaged in violence but instead was directed over and onto the entire crowd of people present. For this reason the MALS Legal Observer Team identifies the use of OC foam in this circumstance as indiscriminate and therefore unlawful.’



Comment from Michelle Oxlee
Time July 20, 2015 at 1:46 pm

I hope legal action ensues. From the photos, videos and credible eyewitness accounts there is cause for concern.

Comment from Mike
Time July 20, 2015 at 3:26 pm

So the media didn’t cover the stories that you wanted them too. Boo hoo.

Start you own media outlet (the internet is pretty good for that) or stop whining.

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