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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
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Can Australia’s social democratic left defeat neoliberalism?

Marriage equality rally, Sydney, 10 September 2017 (image via @sallymcmanus).

There is an urgent need for an organised political Left to challenge current neoliberal economic and social policy, says John Passant in Independent Australia.



Comment from Graham Paterson
Time September 25, 2017 at 3:59 pm

It’s not really as matter of the left v right – it’s a matter of WE, the people, saying what sort of Government we want, and what sort of society we want. WE can do that by writing our own true and proper people’s Constitution.
Since 1999, a very large group of fellow Australians have been working on a new and proper people’s Constitution for an independent Australia. An introduction to the draft is contained in the webpage, We are inviting anyone and everyone to get involved in creating this draft. The purpose of the draft is to have something viable and physical to put on the table when the next opportunity arises for Australia to become an independent nation. We consider it is of vital importance that the Aborigine community should be closely involved in the development of such a draft. Nothing is set in concrete – the draft is intended as a basic working document, open to ideas and suggestions for its improvement. Unless we have something on the table, something physical to read, to talk about, and to improve, there will just be a continual ongoing roundabout of discussion that leads nowhere. We, the people, have to have a foundation to work with, a foundation which we can say to the Government, this is the sort of Constitution we want – this is the sort of Government system we want – these are the powers, privileges and immunities we are prepared to allow our elected representatives. Unless we, the people, do that, we will be stuck with whatever the Government and the political parties are willing to ram down our throats, as they tried to do last time. It’s our Government and it’s our nation, and it is up to us to say what we want – not to be told what we can or cannot have.