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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)



Archive for August, 2015

Asylum seekers: a picture

  The photographer, Daniel Etter has now written about it in The Guardian. Click on this link. After taking this picture, I cared more about the people than the image An update: they made it to Germany. Great news.  

If only we could elect better politicians eh?

Bob Douglas (Canberra Times Letters 19 August) has given eloquent voice to the despair many many Australians feel about their elected ‘representatives’. However I don’t think, as Bob seems to, the answer lies just in searching for better candidates. The problem is systemic. By all means consider forming new electoral alliances to fight for better representatives. But understand that the forces at play are much deeper and more entrenched than can be solved by having that nice Mr Turnbull or likable Mr Albanese (or variations on that theme) in the Lodge rather than the two pathetic alternatives offered up to us at the moment.

Hiroshima and Nagasaki: two of history’s worst war crimes

It is not mere coincidence that the country with the most power on the world stage today is also the one that committed unforgivable crimes. Indeed, the U.S. established its superpower status at the end of the Second World War by demonstrating both its capacity to produce as well as its willingness to use the most destructive weapons ever invented.

Stop Hutchison’s divide and rule tactics: restart the strike and fight for every job

In light of the return to work and then exclusion of some Hutchison workers, comrades in Solidarity in Sydney have written an article about the way forward for Hutchison workers to beat the boss and defend every job. They say among other things:

The union has to be able to negotiate from a position of strength. The only sensible approach is to keep the workforce united; restart the strike action, and maximise the pressure on Hutchison’s.’

To read the whole article in Solidarity magazine click here.

Boycott the witch hunt into trade unions

Labor and the unions could refuse to have anything more to do with the Royal Commission into trade unions because of Heydon’s perceived bias. This opens up those who have been subpoenaed and refuse to appear to fines of up to $1000 or six months imprisonment. Although this is a strict liability crime, if the person has a reasonable excuse for not appearing then that is a defence. And what could be more reasonable than not appearing at a Royal Commission because of the perceived bias of the Commissioner?

An iconic and historic Aussie Rules photo taken a few days ago


The Australian Financial Review – I am the perfect replacement for Mark Latham

In light of the real reasons for Latham’s sacking or departure, I suggest the Financial Review hire a female columnist from the left. I can think of no one better than black feminist socialist and unionist Celeste Liddle. She blogs at Rantings of an Aboriginal feminist. Have a read. If not her then there are literally thousands of left wing women who could do a millions time better job than Latham did, including many of my comrades in Solidarity. However they have higher standards than me so they might not accept writing for the bosses’ newspaperand giving it the occasional left wing cover.

Greg Sheridan, The Australian and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn

I guess when your targeted audience is the Cory Bernardi faction of the Liberal Party rather than a wider, thinking audience, then ignorant tirades against a left wing opponent inspiring millions is about all we can expect in Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian. Laugh all you like Greg Sheridan. Current indications are that Corbyn will win the Labour leadership and the next British election.

Keep Left 2015: Ideas to challenge the system

Keep Left 2015: Ideas to challenge the system. Two days of revolutionary politics, debate and discussion. 22 and 23 August Sydney University.

The Stonewall riot and gay liberation

It was the radical politics of the Gay Liberation movement that emerged from Stonewall that set in motion the shift in attitudes on LGBT rights, explains Amy Thomas in Solidarity. It is a lesson still relevant today. To read the article click here.