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Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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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)



Archive for 'Demonstrations'

Prime Ministerial deck chairs in Australia – what the hell is going on?

Just as changing Liberal leaders won’t change the fundamentals, neither will dumping Shorten for a fake leftie like Albanese or Plibersek, or promoting a smooth right-winger like Tony Burke.

There is a message for activists and socialists in the fall of Abbott. It wasn’t Labor who defeated him. It certainly wasn’t Shorten. It was those Aboriginal, education, refugee, Medicare, feminist and other activists, the gay community and their supporters, the teachers, nurses, public servants, wharfies, building workers etc etc etc actually fighting against Abbott and his rotten policies and sending a message to the wider community about Abbott’s rotten policies and the fact you could reject them and resist them.

It is the same message we need to develop in fighting Turnbull’s neoliberalism and that of whoever is leading Labor at the next election. On to the streets to fight for equal love, against the closure of remote communities, against climate change, to free the refugees, for women’s liberation and so on. Close down our workplaces to defend jobs and wages.


Abbott ousted

We the people got rid of Abbott. We can get rid of the Liberals’ good cop, Turnbull, too. But we don’t want to see him replaced in 2016 with Bill Shorten as the neoliberal in sheep’s clothing. If we don’t fight we lose. Unite and fight whoever is in charge of the bosses’ neoliberal project.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon from the Left Front in France calls for demonstrations in solidarity with Greece

The head of the Left Front in France, Jean-Luc has Mélenchon has called, together with the French Greens (Europe Écologie – Les Verts or EELV), for a mobilisation in the streets of France in support of Greece. He says that there is no time to waste to offer the French people a way to express solidarity with the Greek people and to defend their own independence before France too is challenged [by the troika] just like the Greeks. In light of the European Central Bank attack, and following the lead of the Left Front in France, maybe the Left should organise demonstrations across the globe where feasible in support of the Greek people and Government?

Australia’s adult government is one year old

There is no alternative to defeating the neoliberalism of Abbott and the neoliberalism of the Labor Party than class struggle; massive, unified strikes.

Brazilian trade union federation calls for solidarity with strikes on the eve of the World Cup

A Wave of Strikes Shake Brazil

It is time for strikes. After the huge mobilizations last June, primarily the youth, now it is the working class and they are shaking Brazilian cities.

Occupy our Universities?

It is time for students, staff and the public to reclaim our Universities from the snake oil sales men and women of neoliberalism. Occupy our Universities. Close them down to win a new era in higher education.

The real violence is the Abbott government’s Budget

Workers are angry and looking for a lead. Socialist Alternative at the moment is much too small to give the call for action, but our unions are not. The all union members meeting on Tuesday of the Victorian Trades Hall Council has the potential to refocus the anger in the hands of rank and file union members and to mobilise workers as workers against the attacks on them and the poor. That is where the power to beat the Budget lies.

Stop work to stop the bosses’ Budget.

Marches in March show there is hope

The fact that over 100000 people turned out across Australia to demonstrate against this Government should give us hope that we can continue the fight and build a mass movement against Abbott and neoliberalism. Let’s try anyway and see what happens.

Close down the Manus Island detention centre

Close down these detention centre concentration camps. Bring the asylum seekers from Indonesia and Malaysia to Australia for processing while they live in the community. Hope, not fear. Love, not hate. Refugees, not racists.

To see that happen will require a Herculean effort on our part since the Abbott government has gone murderously on the attack against refugees. We must therefore fight back strongly in their defence. The first steps to do that are demonstrations in Sydney and Melbourne. Others will be announced soon and posted when I have details. Join us in the fight to defend refugees and by extension all those who will come under attack from this rotten viciously ruling class government.

Keep protesting to defend refugees

Australian Prime Minister Rudd thought that support for refugees was so weak that he could get away with implementing this murderous new policy with no opposition. The passionate response by thousands of people, not just in Melbourne but across the country, indicates that it doesn’t have to be this way. The road ahead, under Abbott or Rudd, will be long and bitter. But the uplifting protests of the last few weeks should galvanise every supporter of refugees to get onto the streets and join the struggle.