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December 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)



Archive for December, 2016

And so you sleep, quiet, unaware

And so you sleep, quiet, unaware And so you sleep, quiet, unaware The gentle rhythm, the flowing care That takes your hand and pleasures there The sweet unknown of yesteryear You waken as in sleep, again The slow timing of sweet pretend That takes the journey to an end Repeating life to beginning, then Where […]


Dead celebrities do not a bad year make

I mourn not for George Michael and Carrie Fisher but for those dying on Manus Island and Nauru, for those dying in Syria and Yemen, for those hundreds of millions across the globe caught up in war or slowly starving to death.

Sing with me in the rain

Maintain our rage
In our age
The age of anger
Needed anger
Against a world so wrong
I will sing my songs
Against and for
Sing with me
Sing with me
In the rain

Raise the pension by $200 a week; make it universal

I am for a universal pension. This would be a pension for everyone over the age of 65. It would be a pension that is well above the poverty line.

Will we meet again?

We were walking naked
In the rain
The garden soaker
We held made
All of us

Prime Minister’s address to the House of Representatives on the Australian Parliamentary and Political Party Commission

As has been said many times in this Parliament, the Government is absolutely committed to doing all that is necessary to bring an end to the culture of lawlessness, intimidation and bullying in the politics industry.

The passage of these bills into law will ensure that political work is carried out fairly, efficiently, lawfully, productively for all Australians.

Support the Syrian people – neither Washington nor Moscow

Much of the left internationally has given open or covert support to the Assad regime in Syria. The Morning Star in Britain went so far as to call the defeat of Aleppo a “liberation”. Why do left-wingers support a murderous regime instead of people fighting for their freedom? What is the role of Islamist forces […]

Lessons of the Syrian Revolution: Interview with a Syrian socialist

Syrian socialist Ghayath Naisse, a member of the Revolutionary Left Current, spoke to Simon Assaf in International Socialism about the brutalisation of Syria, the goals of those intervening and the prospects for socialists in the region.

From Gaza to Aleppo – a guide to defending war crimes

This is from an article written in October this year but is even more relevant today as Aleppo and its people are destroyed and the Stalino-Assadists ramp up support for ‘their’ war criminals.

Aleppo crushed by counterrevolution

The Syrian regime and its Russian ally are in the last barbaric stages of an onslaught against Aleppo. In Socialist Worker US Ashley Smith analyzes the consequences of the rebel stronghold’s fall.