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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

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)



Archive for 'The Australian'

The Canberra Times or The Australian?

As the Canberra Times continues its conversion to conservatism and its cost driven agenda of regurgitation, the time approaches when, if my current mood survives, I will bid it farewell and return to The Australian and the battle against that newspaper’s various opinions and ideas. It at least is a more worthy opponent. And for revolutionary socialist analysis there is always Solidarity.


Greg Sheridan, The Australian and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn

I guess when your targeted audience is the Cory Bernardi faction of the Liberal Party rather than a wider, thinking audience, then ignorant tirades against a left wing opponent inspiring millions is about all we can expect in Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian. Laugh all you like Greg Sheridan. Current indications are that Corbyn will win the Labour leadership and the next British election.

The National ‘Reform’ Summit is about screwing workers

The reform impasse arises because the essential social democratic desires of the working class, born of the necessity to sell our labour power to survive, conflicts with the needs of capital to extract even more surplus value from us in the form of profits and the like, a profit which we create but which the bosses purloin as our unpaid labour.

The Australian and the contest of ideas

A variety of opinions? A contest of ideas? Only those writers imbued with the capitalist ethos are published in the mainstream media.

Australia’s media – more sit-com than satire

Thank heaven for The Australian.

The letter that Murdoch rejects

Perhaps my problem of non-publication in The Australian is that I articulate my case too well. One solution might be to have a real socialist like me write a weekly column for the Australian. I offer Cater’s endorsement in support of my application. I know The Australian, like me, is committed to diversity of opinion. I look forward to your offer of substantial remuneration for a regular column.

Articulating a case for Socialist Alternative

This is what the praise for me from Cater in The Australian is about. See, there are sensible socialists who can argue for the overthrow of capitalism (but of course whom we don’t print at all) but those inarticulate socialist yahoos in Socialist Alternative actually exercising free speech and practising real democracy, and putting pressure on the government, are beyond the pale. Well, actually, they aren’t beyond the pale. They are one of the few groups building any sort of real resistance to Abbott’s Budget attacks. It is a lesson unions should learn.

Murdoch against Palmer: when thieves fall out

I love it when thieves fall out. The front page of The Australian today (Saturday) has analysed the tax position of Clive Palmer’s companies. They haven’t paid tax for 6 years. I am so looking forward to the Australian’s forensic analysis of the tax position of News Corpse both in Australia and globally. Black kettle […]

Maurice Newman, climate change and the rationality of irrationality

When Maurice Newman displays his irrationality on climate change he is being perfectly rational. Capitalism is an irrational system which appears rational to those of us living in the madhouse. If we think only within its boundaries then what Newman says make sense from the point of view of capital even though it is complete and utter madness.

It is time to think outside the box of rational irrationality that capitalism has trapped us in. It is time for system change not climate change.

Celebrity salaries are as easy as ABC

The exorbitant pay rewards the top ABC managers, interviewers, commentators and news readers for playing the bourgeois game so well and guarantees they continue to do so. It also removes the celebrity journalists from the working class. Someone on $75000 in the ABC right now could do the job these over paid voices do so well for their masters and do it better because they would not be, at least initially, part of the bourgeoisie’s club.