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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)

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.] (0)



Archive for 'Inequality'

Australia’s political divide and neoliberalism

In Independent Australia I discuss Australia’s shifting political divide in light of growing global austerity and the rise of extremism. I call for unity against the rising tide of reaction. To read the article In Independent Australia click here. Neoliberalism and Australia’s political divide.


Labor and fairness

A pre-occupation with Triple-A ratings mean Labor’s economic policies are only marginally more considerate of Australia’s rising inequality than those of the Coalition, writes John Passant in Independent Australia. To read the whole article click here. How can there be fairness in an unfair economy?

We workers are the lifters: the capitalist class are the real leaners

Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey famously declared that Australia needed to be a nation of ‘lifters, not leaners’. Just who are the real leaners?

For Marxists the ruling class exploits the working class. This means it extracts surplus value (what becomes profit, interest, rent, dividends etc) from workers. That surplus value is the unpaid work workers do for the boss in the normal working day over and above what they are paid to survive, come back the next day and raise the next generation of workers with a little left over for socially determined activities like after work drinks on Friday night.

This means it is the bosses as a class who are the real leaners.

The theft at the heart of growing inequality

Danny Katch writes in Socialist Worker US about the increasing gap between the rich and the rest of us. He says in part:

The fact of the matter is this: The rising gap between the rich and the rest of us isn’t being caused by mysterious new forces, but by a very old-fashioned one: theft. The most significant of the crimes is the attack on wages.

The one percent will soon own more than the rest of us

According to Oxfam: The combined wealth of the richest 1 percent will overtake that of the other 99 percent of people next year unless the current trend of rising inequality is checked, Oxfam warned today ahead of the annual World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. This is the logic of capitalism. It is irreformable. Revolution […]

Australia’s Budget: the rich get the gravy, the poor get the blame

The anger among workers and others against the Budget is palpable. Waiting 2 years for a new election won’t protect the poor, pensioners, the sick, the disabled, the unemployed and workers. Electing neoliberal Labor certainly won’t.

Strikes can stop Abbott and Hockey now and prevent a possible apocalypse of attacks in a few years. Stop work to stop the bosses’ Budget.

Boom time for the rich rats in Western Australia

Nothing better illustrates the nature of Western Australia’s mining boom than the respective fortunes of mine owners and First Nations people writes Lian Jenvey in Red Flag.

In the same week that Gina Rinehart secured a multi-billion dollar loan to begin operations at Roy Hill, the world’s biggest iron ore mine, Swan Valley Nyungar community housing was bulldozed to rubble.

A sick system: 85 people own the same as 3.5 billion poorest

Anyone who believes that wealth “trickles down” from rich to poor would be stunned by the latest figures writes Dave Sewell in Socialist Worker UK.

The world’s richest 1 percent own 65 times more than the combined wealth of the bottom 50 percent.

And the top 85 billionaires alone have more between them than the bottom 3.5 billion people.

Capitalism: unequal by design

The capitalist system must maintain inequality as a function of the drive for profits writes Socialist Worker US.

I could live on $6321 a week

The shift of wealth to the rich over the last few decades and increasing poverty has been in part because we workers haven’t fought back. The time has come to tell the very very well paid Jenny Macklin and the ruling class she represents that the poverty she and the rest of the Gillard Labor government create through their deliberate policies has to end now. That can only come about through a massive societal and industrial campaign to prioritise the poor and working class over the rich and business.