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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)



Archive for 'Australia'

From the Middle East to the Midwest: Will this democracy disease infect Australia too?

I wonder if, like Tahrir Square in Egypt, we in Australia need a place of protest and occupation in say Sydney or Melbourne to take the struggle forward for aboriginal people, for women workers, for gays and lesbians, for peace, not war, for refugees, for better public health, housing, education and transport, for real action to address climate change, for union rights, for better pay and conditions, in short a struggle for all working people?

Where is Australia’s Tahrir Square?

Those conditions of voicelessness, of poverty, of neoliberalism, pervade Australian society too. Our Tahrir Square might be closer than we think.

Stop the anti-union Tax Office

Organise, organise, organise to stop the ruling class lackeys in charge of the ATO smashing unions in the workplace.

The mining barons run the country

Who runs the country? At the moment it’s the mining companies. Australia isn’t a democracy; it’s a plutocracy.

Australia does have home-grown terrorists after all

The fear campaign about “home-grown terrorism” was only ever directed at Muslims, not Australian Zionists.

Australian economy grows, but global crisis still threatens

For many workers in Australia times will be tougher than in the midst of the crisis. Rising interest rates, the end of the cash handouts and government cuts to rein in debt will hurt.

Crisis and the Left in Australia

I am a fairly excitable person. I can mistake the moment for the month; the ephemeral for the eternal. But I am not alone there. Capitalism regards itself as immutable,as something that will exist forever.  It mistakes now for the future and ignores the contradictory dynamics contained within the system. It also views the past through […]

Return to a secret country

Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Aborigines has changed little. White Australia must offer its first people universal land rights and a proper share of resources argues John Pilger in the New Statesman. I remember the boys dressed in army surplus, the girls in hessian, silhouettes framed in beach shanties, staring across an abyss. You were […]

The Socceroos, strikes and ‘un-Australian’ activities

Would you pay to watch the members of Football Federation Australia play football? I didn’t think so. Pay the Socceroos and all the other football workers a real wage increase.

They party; we get the sack

While we face increasing unemployment and less working hours, the bosses party. What a sick society. What a rotten system.