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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)



Equality or liberation?



Comment from Peter Johnson
Time July 25, 2016 at 8:40 pm

Socialism in China is great in theory but reality shows that the Party controls who gets a ‘free’ look in to the ‘game’ of deciding who should represent them. True representation is not just not on . . .

Comment from John
Time July 26, 2016 at 9:42 am

I agree Peter. Maoism had and has nothing to do with socialism. There can be no socialism without democracy.

Comment from Kay
Time July 27, 2016 at 6:51 am

In our travels around the world, especially in South America and Africa, we have visited many countries that have gone through revolutions/uprisings of some sort, then have formed socialist governments. Democratic socialist governments.

But, over time, they have all collapsed in economic shambles. These countries by then had even more economic inequality than before. They are rife with crime and violence.

Do you ever look at these failed socialist regimes around the world when you continue to believe in your fairy-tale version of socialism? Find me some country where socialism has worked for the benefit of its population over a period of time.

Capitalism produces great inequality, but overall, people are better off than in these failed socialist regimes. There is simply more wealth to spread around. The trick is finding a way of redistributing some wealth without discouraging the efforts of those actually producing the wealth and providing the jobs. In other words, fine-tuning liberal democracies rather than throwing the baby out with the bath water (socialism).

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