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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 'Equal pay'

Section 47 of the Marriage Act

MARRIAGE ACT 1961 – SECT 47 Ministers of religion not bound to solemnise marriage etc.  Nothing in this Part:     (a)  imposes an obligation on an authorised celebrant, being a minister of religion, to solemnise any  marriage; or     (b)  prevents such an authorised celebrant from making it a condition of his or […]


Equal Pay 1972

The gender pay gap is over 17% – isn’t it time for unions to fight?

The message seems pretty clear. If you don’t fight you lose. It’s way past time for unions to launch an industrial campaign to end the gender pay gap. Unions?

Given the sorry state of most unions in Australia today, it is now time for rank and file unionists to launch an industrial campaign to end the gender pay gap.

The gender pay gap – an update

An argument has broken out about the graduate gender pay gap. It misses the real point. The gender pay gap for all women, graduates or not, is systemic, and can only be overcome by militant industrial action.

Labor’s low pay agenda for women

A militant industrial response from workers and their unions to the systemic gender pay gap has the best chance of improving the lives of women at work. That is a fight that must of necessity take on the ALP for whom the bosses and their profits are more important than equal pay. The first step in that process must be for workers in low paid and traditional gender stereotype industries to organise to smash the glass ceiling of low and unequal wages.

Equal pay: the fight is not yet over

Social and Community Services (SACS) workers across Australia are celebrating a significant victory in their campaign for large scale pay increases. But the drive of governments and big business to cut spending on social services and prioritise profits over the quality of life for ordinary people hasn’t ended. We should savour this sense of what’s possible and we should take that sense of power into the current and future battles for justice.

Don’t be too polite girls, don’t be too polite

Today’s International Women’s Day has been stolen from the working class by bourgeois and middle class women and big business, celebrating the opportunity of women to become bosses and lord it over working class women.

The failure to organise a militant fight for equal pay has consigned many women to being second class pay citizens. Join the IWD marches on Saturday 12 March across Australia for equal pay.

It’s time for a real strike campaign for equal pay. Close down the community sector.

Equal pay: don’t believe Labor’s lies

The best way to win equal pay for equal work and to keep and expand jobs in the community sector is to strike.

Free speech, equal pay and equal love: Gillard Labor opposes them all

On 3 basic issues, equal pay, equal love and transparency in government, Labor stands opposed to the progressive and democratic position.

Labor attacks women workers, again

For public servants, negotiating with Labor is a dead end. A rank and file push for equal pay – a strike – offers the best hope for and chance of victory.