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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)



We stand with Roz Ward and Safe Schools

The following is a statement by the Victorian branch of the National Tertiary Education Union on La Trobe University’s shocking decision to suspend Roz Ward for a Facebook post that the Australian flag is racist. Roz has been a key person in the Safe Schools anti-bullying campaign for school students. The Murdoch owned Australian newspaper has run a witch hunt against her for her Marxist views, all with the aim of destroying Safe Schools which teaches respect and understanding for LGBTIQ students. McCarthyism is alive and well in Australia and La Trobe University’s decision is yet another example.

[Declaration of interest. I was a member, like Roz, of Socialist Alternative.  I resigned in 2013 over major differences in the direction the organisation was taking and its methods. This attack on Roz transcends any of those differences and is an attack on the ability of all left wing people to work, organise and promulgate our ideas and to make the world a better place here and now, as Roz was doing with Safe Schools. La Trobe’s decision is an attack on the very idea of Universities as places of difference and debate and the search for truth however defined or understood.]


NTEU condemns La Trobe University over suspension of Roz Ward

The National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) today condemned La Trobe University for suspending union member Roz Ward. La Trobe has charged her with serious misconduct over media commentary on her private Facebook post.

Roz Ward, Coordinator of Safe Schools Coalition at La Trobe University, has been in the public spotlight defending the Safe Schools program, with support from the university and the Victorian Government.

“The Murdoch press’ attack on Roz Ward, purportedly about a social media post about the Australian flag, is in reality part of a concerted political and ideological campaign by Australia’s right wing ideologues against views that do not accord with their own,” said NTEU Victorian Secretary, Dr Colin Long.

“That La Trobe University has apparently allowed itself to be cowed into participating in this anti-intellectual, anti-democratic attack reflects the dismal state of intellectual capacity at the senior management level in some Australian universities.

“We are very concerned that La Trobe University management seem to think that political views should be a criterion for employment, as was the case in the Soviet Union.

“The hysterical response to Ms Ward’s private Facebook posting about the Australian flag is typical of the right’s absolute refusal to consider the ways in which racism is expressed, often unconsciously, in symbols, institutions and attitudes. Whether one agrees or not with Ms Ward’s contention that the flag betrays a racist origin, it is entirely reasonable to make such an argument, and many have done so without fear of having their livelihoods stolen from them.

“It is this kind of moral and intellectual cowardice and bullying that underlies the bullying and victimisation of young people of diverse genders and sexualities, against which Roz Ward has dedicated her professional life,” concluded Dr Long.

The NTEU considers that this is discrimination on the basis of political opinion, a very serious attack on freedom of speech and democratic rights, and will be considering all legal avenues of redress.


Colin Long
Victorian Secretary

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