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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)



Archive for July, 2016

Labor promised to fund services, but also backed cuts

Amy Thomas writes in the July edition of Solidarity: “Labor is back”, claimed a triumphant Bill Shorten in his election night speech. But in truth, the result was Labor’s second lowest primary vote since the 1930s. Of an overall 3.71 swing against the Coalition, only 2.27 per cent went to Greens and Labor.


We were right then; we are right now

Just another atrocity in the Northern Territory

The Don Dale abuse, while horrific, is just another atrocity to add to a long list of systemic oppression endured by Indigenous Australians, I write in Independent Australia. Let’s ask Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people what their solutions are. In among their specific suggestions will be solutions for the overall, systemic problems. A treaty. Sovereignty. Paying the rent.’ To read the whole article in Independent Australia click here. NT Detention: Just another atrocity

Details of rallies for justice and against the torture of kids

Details of Rallies for Justice this Saturday across Australia for the children tortured in Don Dale and all prisons.

Australia’s political divide and neoliberalism

In Independent Australia I discuss Australia’s shifting political divide in light of growing global austerity and the rise of extremism. I call for unity against the rising tide of reaction. To read the article In Independent Australia click here. Neoliberalism and Australia’s political divide.

The beach is near

The beach is near The important thing is To walk along the beach And talk of Marx, and profit rates And if we can Grasp the time and state, Within our reach Or think, past rhyme and scan? The hour to dance has come We are the people We are the one, While the prammed […]

Je suis Kabul

  Around 400 members of Sydney’s Hazara community (and a handful of supporters).turned out tonight.        

Equality or liberation?

Jill Stein, Green Party USA, on lesser evilism

About to buy beer? Avoid these Carlton brands

You can support the 55 sacked workers (CUB sacked them to cut their wages 65%) by:

1. Sending the company a message demanding the immediate reinstatement of the workers here:…

2. Signing the petition calling on SABMiller boss Ari Mervis to intervene and reinstate the workers here:…/reinstate-sacked-cub-workers

3. Boycotting C.U.B. products until the workers are reinstated. You can find a list of their brands here: