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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)



Trade union treachery

Those whom the gods wish to destroy they first make union officials.  The latest in this descent into madness is the cancellation of  a union demonstration against the Labor Government’s Australian Building and Construction Commission which was planned for the Labor Party National Conference opening in Sydney on 30 July. The ABCC has draconian powers to […]

US States as tax havens

Here is part of what the Australian Tax Office wrote to Senator Carl Levin, the Chair of the US Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. ‘In our opinion, entities established in some states of the US, for example some US incorporated companies, have some of these same attributes as entities established in secrecy havens.’  These […]

Israel colonisation continues

Israel has rejected US calls not to build more settlements in Arab East Jerusalem. Effectively Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu told the world that all of Jerusalem belonged to Israel. He also told the US to butt out. If Obama were serious he’d cut all funding to the apartheid Israeli State as a consequence.  He won’t because Israel […]

I’m not a racist; I’m in the Labor Party

Four years ago the New South Wales Labor Government sold a site in Bankstown to a group of people who wanted to build an Islamic school there.  The Education Department said then that the land was surplus to requirements. The Labor Party dominates Banstown Council. Two Council decisions rejected the school application.  You can guess the nominated reasons […]

Green jobs: not uranium and bombs

Union green bans on environmentally suspect developments show the potential the working class has to create a green future and green jobs.

Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday died fifty years ago today.

Reflections on a game

Sometimes in life you have to do something different. This is a special report by our sports writer on a game of Australian Rules played last weekend – Collingwood against the Western Bulldogs. Like Kerry Packer, I’ve been to the other side. Unlike Packer, it was the Pies that did it, not polo ponies. Collingwood by […]

Republican freak show rolls on

If anything can save the Republican Party, it will be the failures of Barack Obama and the Democratic Party to live up to the high hopes that were placed in them.

Goldman Sachs: Will they never learn?

The Goldman Sachs roller coaster has reached the top, ready to race again to the bottom. This is nothing to shout about. It is something to fear.

Cut the crap: close the gap

Closing the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians can only occur when the economic and societal conditions that create the gap are abolished.