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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)



Simon Corbell, A.C.T. Labor Party Attorney-General, defend the building union

This is a letter I sent to the Canberra Times on Thursday.


It appears that in the pre-selection process Minister Simon Corbell has lost support among many ACT Labor Party Left faction members. (Kirsten Lawson, ‘Ructions over Corbell exit’ The Canberra Times 27 August page 1.)

I have some suggestions to Simon to help restore his left credentials before he leaves the Assembly.

In his role as the ACT Attorney-General I suggest he no bill (ie take over and drop) the ridiculous blackmail case against CFMEU organiser, Johnny Lomax . That case criminalises ordinary union activity and is a threat to the very existence of unions in Australia.

In addition Corbell could call off the police raids on union offices as part of the Abbott witch hunt into unions and the ALP. (Nick McKenzie, Michael Inman, Michael Bachelard and Nick Toscano ‘Police raid ACT CFMEU office’ The Canberra Times 27 August page 1.)

If he doesn’t have the power or courage to do either, can I suggest then he publicly condemn the Royal Commission witch hunt and the particular actions mentioned above of Abbott’s attack dogs as soon as possible and pledge he will do all he can in his power to protect unions from Abbott’s full frontal attack on basic industrial and human rights? Over to you Simon.



Comment from MHFA
Time August 28, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Nicely but boldly wrote! Would like to see updates.