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Do not criticise the rich and powerful

Me quoted in Fairfax papers on tax haven use
Me quoted by Georgia Wilkins in The Age (and other Fairfax publications) today. John Passant, from the school of political science and international relations, at the Australian National University, said the trend noted by Computershare was further evidence multinationals did not take global regulators seriously. ”US companies are doing this on the hard-nosed basis that any [regulatory] changes that will be made won’t have an impact on their ability to avoid tax,” he said. ”They think it is going to take a long time for the G20 to take action, or that they are just all talk.” (1)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
You can prove my 2 ex-comrades wrong by donating to my blog En Passant at BSB: 062914 Account: 1067 5257, the Commonwealth Bank in Tuggeranong, ACT. More... (12)

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

Real debate?



Archive for 'Education'

End poverty to improve education

In short, if we were serious about education, then our education discussion wouldn’t be focused on demonizing teachers and coming up with radical schemes to undermine traditional public schools. It would instead be focused on mounting a new war on poverty and thus directly addressing the biggest education problem of all.


Class lessons from the Liberal barbarians

I have a suggestion for Australian Education Union Federal President Angelo Gavrielatos and Federal Secretary Susan Hopgood.

Organise a general strike to defend public education. Threaten to shut down all the public schools from the first day of term 1 in 2014. You have 2 months to build the campaign and win the support of teachers across Australia to strike if the Abbott government doesn’t back down. Get cracking.

I have a suggestion for teachers. Irrespective of what your leaders do, organise a general strike to defend public education.

Abbott is the abomination

By launching at this school Abbott was sending a clear message to the education reactionaries and homophobes across the country – it will be open slather on quality education and gays under a Liberal government. It is time to divorce state funding from schools of hate.

No money for education? They are lying

Education in the neoliberal era

The last few decades have seen governments wage war on our universities writes Declan Murphy in Socialist Alternative. We need a different path – one in which education is a right and where learning is valued as a social good.

How can students fight back against Labor’s Howard-like cuts to Universities?

To roll back the attacks on higher education we need more than a defensive campaign Cat Rose argues in Socialist Alternative. Cat is the Queer Officer in the National Union of Students, and an activist in the NSW Cross-Campus Education Action Network. She is a student at UNSW.

Labor values: $3 bn for drones but even greater poverty for single parents and big cuts for Universities

Funding the defence killing machine; attacking workers and the poor – these are Labor’s real values; these are Labor’s priorities.

Victorian teachers: don’t accept the rotten deal

Finally, after two years of campaigning and a series of record-breaking strikes, the Australian Education Union and the Victorian Government have struck a deal. There’s some good news, and plenty of bad writes AEU delegate Manolya Moustafa in Socialist Alternative. So bad in fact that AEU members should vote against accepting this agreement.

I gave a Gonski and it got me nowhere

Our message to Gillard should be “Too little, too late. Now tax the miners to fund public education.” And to our own union leaders, “Stop being sucks for Labor. They’ve screwed us yet again.

Labor: going, going, Gonski

One billion of the Gonski funding will go to rich private schools. Presumably more tennis courts at Grammar are a higher priority for Labor than adequate lecture theatres at University. If students and staff can fight for free education in other countries we can fight back against the latest higher education atrocity that Labor is unleashing against its own base. Tax the rich to make higher education free.