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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 'Refugees'

Statement by Solidarity: Let them stay, close the camps: How can the refugee campaign win?

Socialist group Solidarity have just issued this statement on one way forward for the refugee movement. To read the article click here. Let them stay, close the camps: How can the refugee campaign win?


Free the refugees – Churches in Australia start the war of defence

Thanks to the churches for offering to undertake civil disobedience to defend refugees. That can be a guide for the rest of us. Let’s look for more ways to bring in more people to take direct action to stop the deportations and free all the refugees.

The High Court supports Australia’s offshore concentration camps

My own view is that to win this fight to free the refugees will require the movement, which about 30% of Australians agree with, needs to move from passive protests to mobilisations that do change minds and actions. That means civil disobedience.

It means shutting down the centres of the major towns with thousands occupying. It means thousands turning up to stop the deportations to the concentration camps. It means unions banning anything to do with the concentration camps. It means building a radical edge to the movement to do that and to bring the thousands and then tens of thousands in to build that militant campaign of workers and protesters.

German socialists respond to Cologne attacks – Sexism is not a foreign import

Dozens of women were sexually assaulted on New Year’s Eve in Germany. But rather than connecting the events to everyday sexist violence, politicians and the media have turned to stoking up racism. Silke Stöckle and Marion Wegscheider respond in this article for German socialist group Marx21, translated by Kate Davison and re-published from Socialist Worker UK

Christ the refugee

A satirical take on the birth of Christ and the response of the capitalist media. Plus Juan Cole who argues that Jesus was a Syrian refugee twice and that US Republican presidential candidates would refuse him and his family entry to the United States today

Broadspectrum monitors refugee activists too

I have just sent this to The Canberra Times after the report that Broadspectrum was monitoring the Facebook and Twitter accounts and posts of refugee activists. First they came for the refugees, and I did not speak out – because I was not a refugee …

Merry Christmas Island

Letter from a refugee

This is my story……… In 2014, during the incident that happened my throat was cut by a local guard.

The best photo of a pro-asylum seeker protest

If this is how authorities treat Australian parents and their babies, imagine what happens behind closed doors to parents and kids in Australia’s gulags on Manus Island and Nauru.

Is there a Broad Spectrum cure for the disease that is Transfield?

As to your name change to Broadspectrum, asylum seekers and refugees are not some bacteria infecting the body politic. That is a label more appropriately applied to the xenophobic and racist Liberal and Labor Parties. Asylum seekers are human beings who need our compassion, not incarceration and brutalisation.