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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 'Barnaby Joyce'

In defence of Barnaby Joyce – sort of

  Barnaby Joyce’s High Court expulsion from Parliament is just a byproduct of the Constitution’s racist Section 44, says John Passant in Independent Australia


With some Joyce words, Australia plumbs new depps and goes to the dogs

Fresh from alienating new mothers in its Budget, what better strategy can the government come up with than pissing off the dog lovers of the nation? In a Joyce move, the terrier Barnaby has unleashed a real winner. He’s the pistol. Boo.

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.]

Your tax dollars hard at work

Put the slipper in

Barnaby Joyce: “This is not thousands of dollars. This is hundreds of dollars.” Like the $900 Peter Slipper claimed for his alleged wine tour you mean? Treat Brandis and Joyce like Slipper. Put them on trial too.

Cubbie Station, xenophobia and tax

Taxing foreign residents on their currently exempt capital gains will have little or no impact on foreign investment given that the gains are supposedly taxed in comparable tax jurisdictions. It will however bring revenue onshore that is currently going into the coffers of, for example, the US and European Treasuries, or being hidden in places like the Cayman Islands.

Barnaby is not a buffoon

Barnaby Joyce is not a buffoon, and the Labor Party (and sections to the left of it) dismiss him at their peril. His comments about Chinese ownership of Australian assets and his questioning of the ability of Australia and some states to repay government debt represent the day to day concerns of millions of Australians, in particular middle […]

Barnaby Joyce and the economics of One Nation

Sometimes those from small business backgrounds can rise above their curse and achieve bourgeois greatness.  John Howard did. So too did Bob Menzies. Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke are Labor examples. What these leaders have in common is that in power they governed in the interests of big business, that small elite who make the major decisions about investment, wages, employment. […]