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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)



Students in Sydney occupy Immigration and show the way forward in the fight for refugees


New Matilda reports that eleven protesters were arrested supporting a Nauru Refugee who has became pregnant after being raped.

Among other things they were chanting ‘Malcolm Turnbull, shame on you, stop the rape, close Nauru.’

These protesters are heroes fighting to free refugees. Let’s hope their action inspires simialr actions around Australia to defend asylum seekers. And remember, the cops want to demoralise and demobilise them and the movement. Don’t let their actions undermine you and your commitment. Easy for me to say, I know, but remember there are millions of us in Australia who want to end the offshore and onshore concentration camps. Stay strong. La Lotta Continua.

On this note, maybe the refugee movement needs more of this civil disobedience to make Australia unworkable until the concentration camps are closed? That would involve mobilising the 25% or so of Australian society who reject the abhorrent treatment of refugees offshore and onshore.

The Greens could make the call, and get a sizeable minority mobilised. Their parliamentary politics prevents them from doing so. The Labor ‘Left’ supports the concentration camps.

That leaves the radical and revolutionary left in the refugee movement to debate the issues and make the arguments to see if we can build the campaign through mass civil disobedience.



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