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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 'Climate change deniers'

The carbon tax is dead; long live a price on carbon?

The fact that capitalism in Australia and elsewhere is built on fossil fuel use means it will take a revolution to achieve a totally renewable energy society. Why? Because only a democratic working class revolution can put people before profit.


On the eve of climate change destruction?

See the Great Barrier Reef before we kill it. Kiss goodbye to the snowfields. Find some way to cool down all day every day or move somewhere a bit cool, like Tasmania. Take out flood and fire insurance. Stock up on water purifiers. Don’t buy homes too close to the coast. Definitely don’t buy a farm. If you are indigenous or poor or both, you are completely stuffed. Well, maybe not you but your grandkids for sure.

Maurice Newman, climate change and the rationality of irrationality

When Maurice Newman displays his irrationality on climate change he is being perfectly rational. Capitalism is an irrational system which appears rational to those of us living in the madhouse. If we think only within its boundaries then what Newman says make sense from the point of view of capital even though it is complete and utter madness.

It is time to think outside the box of rational irrationality that capitalism has trapped us in. It is time for system change not climate change.

Will Mr Invisible disappear up his own fundament?

The invisibility of labour as the key in the production and exchange processes is an important part of the ideology of capitalism. Tony Abbott’s rants about invisible gases are just a small part of that cloak of invisibility around our labour that is one structure of capitalism that he seeks to defend and protect.

Labor’s reshuffle of hope – for big business

These two actions – appointing former mining maggot and climate change denier Gary Gray to the resources portfolio and merging Climate Change with the Environment – are good examples of Labor’s bankruptcy; of its complete capitulation to neoliberalism and the idea that the market is the best way to organise society and profit the only god to be worshipped.

The Australian and climate change denial

I call bullshit on The Australian and its reporting of climate change and its denial of humanity’s role in it.

CSIRO BOMs climate change deniers

Every so often a document comes our way which lights up the sky with its clarity.  Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and the Bureau of Meteorology have done just that in their State of the Climate report. Using data collected over the last sixty to one hundred years in Australia the report concludes unequivocally that […]

The real agenda of climate deniers

We are witnessing a frenzy of climate “scepticism”. Following the hacking of emails from the Climate Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, the right are arguing that the science of human-caused global warming is wrong. Their offensive has a clear purpose—to reverse the growing public belief that rising emissions of greenhouse gases are […]

Climate change: the snake oil salesmen of capitalism battle it out

Tony Abbott has concocted a climate change ‘direct-action’ plan that should appeal to every denier. Like Labor’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme it pretends to do something while refusing to attack the big polluters. Abbott’s ‘plan’ doesn’t stop CO2 emissions; it encourages them. According to Government figures (suspect, but likely to have some truth in them), Abbott’s scheme will […]

Abbott the environmentalist?

Climate change denier Tony Abbott is about as fair dinkum an environmentalist as Kevin Rudd. Abbott won leadership of the Liberal Party with the support of Nick Minchin, the man who denies global warming at all and claims the whole thing is a left wing plot to de-industrialise Western society. Abbott’s victory over pro-ETS leader Malcolm […]