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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)



Tag: Ark Tribe

Ark – one of our tribe

The only way to smash the ABCC is to strike and cut off the flow of profits to the building bosses. Workers did that in 1969 with Clarrie O’Shea. They struck and smashed the penal powers then. They can do the same today with the ABCC.


Safety on site

The ABCC is not about stamping out lawlessness but stamping out building unions, the one group of unions still committed to defending their membership by sometimes taking industrial action over shoddy work and safety practices and defending jobs and wages.

The ‘crime’ these unions commit is being real unions.

Building unions: putting lives before profit

Only mass strikes can save and, if convicted, rescue Ark Tribe from jail, smash Labor’s ABCC and put people and their lives before profit.

Victory to Ark Tribe. Victory to building workers across Australia.

Victory to Ark Tribe

Ark Tribe goes to court tomorrow charged essentially with being a unionist and facing 6 months jail for this ‘crime’. The only support he has received is from his and other unions, and the radical left. That not only tells you which side we are on – the workers’ – it also tells you which […]

Defend Ark Tribe; defend our unions

Ark Tribe is a building worker. He faces six months in jail for being a unionist. His fifth court appearance starts this Tuesday in Adelaide. Here’s how the website rightsonsite describes his situation: Ark Tribe is a construction worker from South Australia facing six months in jail. He has been charged with not attending an interview with the Australian Building […]

Julia Gillard is the Peter Reith of the Labor Party

Julia Gillard is the Peter Reith of the Labor Party. Of course she’s more nuanced, more articulate and has more influence over the trade union movement than Reith. That makes her more dangerous to workers and more useful to the bosses. Her value to capital and closeness to the trade union and Labor Party bureaucrats explains why, if […]

Our legal system and theirs: Hu, Hicks, Habib, Haneef…

Australian justice is like Chinese justice – it represents the interests of the rich and powerful.

Defend Ark Tribe: defend the right to strike

Is the rank and file prepared to push the struggle for the right to strike all the way, and bring in members of other unions on and off building sites across Australia?

Is Ark Tribe Labor’s next political prisoner?

Industrial action across Australia can smash Labor’s ABCC and save Ark Tribe from jail. Now is the time to begin organising for this.

Sick the ABCC onto BHP and Rio Tinto

It’s time for Julia Gillard to order the ABCC to investigate if Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton have been bribing foreign officials and committing a crime in Australia.