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November 2017



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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 November, 2017

Manus demonstrators converge on Australian cities

As the brutalisation of refugees on Manus Island becomes obvious, more and more Australians want them brought here, I write in Independent Australia


Malcolm Turnbull’s democracy at work – but not next week

The Turnbull Government is in complete disarray and every day brings some revelation of further incompetence, I write in Independent Australia‚Äč.

The battle for equality continues

  The marriage equality battle seems all but won, but the fight against reaction and for equality in many other areas goes on, I write in Independent Australia in an article called the onward march to equality.

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The dual citizenship crisis is a crisis of neoliberalism

The s44 fiasco has highlighted the born-to-rule incompetence of the Turnbull Government and its lack of policy and action. This is a crisis of neoliberalism, I write in Independent Australia.

Why we remember the Russian Revolution

The promise of the Russian Revolution–its example of mass democracy in action, reaching into every corner of society–shows its relevance for us 100 years later argue the editors in Socialist Worker US.

Josh Frydenberg and the Manus Island concentration camp

Manus Island shows us there can be no “business as usual” anymore. Shut down our cities to shut down the concentration camps. Bring them here.

Enough! – a poem

Enough!   The island is quiet, tonight The overlord stalks the fence Enforcing the peace that is not Through water, food, Electricity, and denial   Despair remains And determination To fight, to dream, to win We see you from our balconies Of love and fear We are not there But here And nothing changes, yet […]