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January 2016



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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)



Welcome to the hotel academia

Welcome to the hotel academia

In a dark deserted classroom, stale odour in my hair
Warm smell of exams, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the room, I turned on the shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop research for the night

There I was in the doorway;
And students heard the bell
I was thinking to myself,
“This could be Heaven or this could be Hell”
Then I started the lecture and I showed them the way
There were voices down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say…

Welcome to the Hotel Academia
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a great rat race
Plenty of unpaid work at the Hotel Academia
Any time of year (Any time of year)
You can find it here

Management’s Tiffany-twisted, they got the Mercedes bends
They got a lot of pretty donors they calls friends
How they corral in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some regulate to remember, some regulate to forget

So I called up the committee: Give me my PhD
They said, “We haven’t had that spirit here since 1963”
And still those voices are calling from far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night just to hear them say

Welcome to the Hotel Academia
Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place)
Such a great rat race
Plenty of room at the Hotel Academia

Bosses are living it up at the Hotel Academia
What a nice surprise
(What a nice surprise)
Bring your alibis

Student numbers under the ceiling, the courses are on ice
And the V-C says, “We are all just prisoners here of our own device”
And in the master’s chambers they gathered for their feast
They stab us with their steely knives but they just can’t kill us beasts

Last thing I remember I was running for the door
I had to find the passage back to the job I had before
“Relax,” said the Dean, “We are programmed to receive
You can check out any time you like but you can never leave”

Apologies to the Eagles.


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