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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 September, 2015

My Razor Sharp interview on 29 September with Sharon Firebrace

This is the link to my 37 minute interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 29 September. We covered the Abbott-Turnbull government, the smiling neoliberal that is Turnbull, how the government does not have a spending problem, except for the $24 billion on fighter jets and other wasted money on the rich and capital, and much much more. To hear the whole interview, click here.


Is another crash on the way?

The recent swings in world financial markets and the growing international effects of an economic slowdown in China have raised fears in the U.S. that the economic recovery could be on its last legs–even before working people felt like they had escaped the last crisis. And what will come next? In the first instalment of a three-part series, Lee Sustar in Socialist Worker US answers questions about the underlying causes of the instability in the markets–and explains how the troubles in the world economy today are tied to the same problems that led to the Great Recession of 2007-09.

The China Free Trade Agreement isn’t about Chinese workers ‘stealing Australian jobs’; it is about exploitation

  In the latest edition of Solidarity James Supple rebuts the argument that under the China Free Trade Agreement Chinese workers will ‘steal’ Australian jobs.  He says in part: ‘The problem is not with migrant workers coming here but the potential for exploitation as a result of the new agreements. Instead of a xenophobic campaign, […]

Je suis Karen

The real extremists sit in Canberra and in the board rooms across the country. It is not Karen who invaded Iraq, or Afghanistan. It is not Karen who is bombing Syria. It is not Karen killing black men and women in custody. It is not Karen driving Aboriginal people off their land to open it up for big mining companies. It is not Karen killing women in relationships or doing very little about it. It is not Karen increasing inequality and poverty in Australia. It is not Karen attacking Medicare. It is not Karen attacking penalty rates and wages. It is not Karen who is stopping equal love. It is not Karen locking up and abusing thousands of innocent people on Manus Island and Nauru.

Some Basic Marxist Concepts to Help Understand Income Tax

Mark Konza, Deputy Commissioner of Taxation, told the Australian Financial Review Tax Reform Summit that ‘in 40 years of tax work he had not heard references to Marx…’ (Neil Chenoweth, ‘Equity sore point in foreign investment’ AFR Wednesday 23 September page 4.) Well Mark, you are in luck. My article, Some Basic Marxist Concepts to […]

Only a re-packaged $100 million for addressing domestic violence Prime Minister- seriously?

Malcom Turnbull going around saying it is un-Australian to hit a woman won’t stop it and his comments look to me as if they are cover for not doing anything substantial to address the results that flow from a sick society where women are treated as chattels or brood mares for capital.

Australia does not have a spending problem

Tax the rich and slash defence spending? The Liberals – ha ha ha. Labor – ha ha ha.

Labor tries to out-Abbott Turnbull on border ‘protection’

On ABC AM on Tuesday morning, Richard Marles, Labor’s Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, attacks the Turnbull government from the right over border ‘protection’ (aka the militarisation of the treatment of asylum seekers.)

Her name is Nourkayas. She is a prisoner on Nauru

Her name is Nourkayas. She was a prisoner in ‪#‎Nauru‬ from the moment she was born. This is her punishment for being a Rohingyan refugee who should be protected not persecuted by ‪#‎Australia‬.

UK politics: of pigs and Pinochets

In light of the coup threats, Corbyn has to build the movement he has started into a genuine mass grass roots movement. In the community rallies he is holding or will hold across the country he could also begin discussing a people’s militia to defend the gains his election will bring and to radicalise the working class in its workplaces in defence of his incoming government. On top of that he could start agitating for democracy among the rank and file of the defence forces now.