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January 2022



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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 'Tamils'

Sri Lanka is not at peace

Tamil Refugee Council: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claim that Sri Lanka is ‘a society at peace’ is not just baseless but a deliberate lie, cynically presented to the Australian public for one reason: to support his indefensible, illegal policy of sending back Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka.


Some freedoms are more important than others, evidently

Hate speech is an important part of the armoury of control of the ruling class.

Youth unemployment might be 50% in inner Western Sydney suburbs but all is well because we can vilify refugees. In fact it isn’t, but the externalisation of hate diverts inchoate anger with the system towards the most powerless in society, people such as refugees.

Why we should boycott Sri Lankan cricket

In recent weeks a campaign has developed momentum calling for a boycott of Sri Lankan cricket matches to protest both the Sri Lankan regime’s genocide of Tamils and the Australian government’s attacks on Tamil refugees. Andrew Cheeseman in Socialist Alternative explains why.

Boycott Sri Lanka – demonstrate on Boxing Day at the MCG against genocide

Boycott the Sri Lankan cricket team

For too long, Australia has turned a blind eye to the mounting evidence that the ruling regime in Sri Lanka has committed war crimes, including the slaughter of more than 40,000 innocent Tamil civilians at the end of the civil war in 2009.

This cricket season, Australia’s attention will be trained on the batting and bowling of the Sri Lankan cricket team at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. By calling for a boycott we can expose the human rights abuses that the Sri Lankan cricketers just can’t hide. And we can encourage our own government to recognise that refugees from Sri Lanka are fleeing genuine persecution.

A victory against deportations

A Tamil asylum seeker, known as Anjan, was scheduled to be deported back to Sri Lanka on Wednesday. But an eleventh-hour appeal successfully overturned yesterday’s Federal Magistrates Court decision which denied Anjan an injunction on his removal. Importantly, the court appeal was backed up with direct action by refugee rights activists outside the Maribyrnong detention centre.

A refugee, a protester and a war criminal

A refugee is dead. A protester has spent 24 hours in jail for being in the middle of Perth. And a war criminal walks among the other ‘dignitaries’ at CHOGM. The wrong people were imprisoned; the criminal is free.

The system is crooked, brutal and inhuman.

The war criminals are part of the one percent; that one percent looks after its own when it suits them.

Bring Brinda here

Apparently a 9 year old Tamil girl, Brinda, is such a threat to the very existence of Australia that our beloved Prime Minister himself rang the Indonesian president to ask him to stop her boat and the 260 Tamil asylum seekers on it from reaching Australian waters.   Good one Christian Kev. Here’s part of what […]

Refugees: Rudd continues Howard’s brutality

Rather than rejecting refugees, we should welcome all those fleeing the hellholes we have created or helped create.

Cuba supports Tamil genocide

I see Cuba, that great bastion of ‘socialism’ according to some sections of the Left, has supported Sri Lanka’s massacre of the Tamils.  There is a brief discussion in this month’s Socialist Alternative.  (Corey Oakley Stalinist states back Sri Lanka). Stalinism is not socialism, as John has written previously.  (Cuba: Stalinism is not socialism).  John is speaking on […]