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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)



The Northern Territory Right Royal Whitewash

Melbourne protest ISAJ image

I write in Independent Australia today (Monday) that ‘Turnbull’s snap decision to call a Royal Commission into juvenile detention is now looking like a complete whitewash.’

I say among other things:

Is there a solution? Yes, I believe there is. Our mass actions can change the world. United, we can fight back. The history of the fight for civil rights in the U.S., for basic democratic rights in South Africa, for freedom from colonialism in much of the world, shows that negotiating with the oppressor will not win change.

From Sydney to Perth, from Darwin to Adelaide, tens of thousands gathered across Australia to protect our kids.

As part of nationwide “Hands off Aboriginal Kids” protests, I went to the one in Canberra called by the Aboriginal Tent Embassy. We got a glimpse of what can change the world for the better in Melbourne on Saturday night.

In Melbourne, about 1,000 people rallied and protested against the ongoing and systemic abuses highlighted by the Don Dale scandal. Hundreds occupied the busy intersection of Swanston and Flinders Streets, and set up camp, which included a cage with four young Aboriginal people in it.

We have to defeat those who oppress us or make the costs for them too great to go on with the old ways.

To read the whole article click on this IA link. Right Royal NT Whitewash



Comment from Rosemary Lynch
Time August 1, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Now RC 1 is gone, wondering how flexible the scope on the new Version could be, dependent on the new Justice, and Mick Gooda.

Comment from John
Time August 1, 2016 at 11:11 pm

Yes Rosemary. Let’s see. I agree with Celeste Liddle on Q&A tonight that the systemic racism of our society will prevent any real action.

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