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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)



Tag: Defence

$50 billion for submarines; nothing for vets and $57 billion in cuts for health

Scrap the $50 billion on submarines and the $24 billion on the F-35 joint strike fighter planes. Spend the $74 billion on public health, education and supporting and rehabilitating veterans.


Day one of good government: competitively analysing the sinking submariners

Here is a Prime Minister who has lied to one of his own about a $20 bn Government submarine contract to help keep himself in power. That no doubt is what good government is all about.

If he lies to his own party backbenchers, imagine what he does to us?

Me? Instead of wasting $20 bn on submarines, I’d use the money to fix public hospitals, public schools and the health system. Throw in the $24 bn on fighter jets and we could end homelessness too, improve public transport and move towards 24 hour child care facilities. With that sort of money we could easily make higher education free as well. We could even begin addressing a very real threat, climate change. I guess however good government is about priorities.

Strike against the Liberal Party cuts to Defence Force pay

I have a few suggestions for defence force personnel. Form a union. Go on strike for real pay increases. Join the rest of us in the fight against the one percent and their politicians.     This isn’t going to happen. For a start the Australian forces are professionals who have chosen to join Defence, […]

Labor values: $3 bn for drones but even greater poverty for single parents and big cuts for Universities

Funding the defence killing machine; attacking workers and the poor – these are Labor’s real values; these are Labor’s priorities.

Equality in the defence forces?

The Broderick Report is an attempt to beautify the soul of ugliness. Women in the Defence Forces strengthen Australian capitalism internationally and onshore. They reinforce the very system that condemns women to second class citizenry and postpone the days of real equality. More gender equality in the capitalist defence forces? No thanks.

Killing in the name of sexism and racism

If we want to end the racism and sexism that pervade society, not just the variety that is amplified in the rarefied unnatural atmosphere of the defence forces, we are going to have to have a revolution to turn society on its head and establish democracy and freedom. Revolution is not going to happen overnight. We need to build a party of the working class to challenge the dictatorship of the ruling class and its killing machine. Let’s get cracking. Join Socialist Alternative today to fight the bosses and their armies with ideas and strikes.

Make the rich pay for the cost of the Queensland floods

Make the rich, not us, pay for the cost of the floods.

Billions for defence; nothing for the unemployed

Rudd Labor has found extra billions for defence but won’t increase the dole from a pathetic $226 a week.  This is deliberate – Labor’s priorities are imperialism and profits, not people.  And not increasing the dole puts downward pressure on wages.

Australia’s white paper for war

The White Paper on defence is a blueprint for an expansionist, militaristic Australian foreign policy, to cement Australia as a regional superpower.

Stop the thugs, Mr Rudd

A group of armed thugs has been terrorising large areas of the country. They have even killed kids. The people are fighting back against this alien and foreign force – a force contrary to the region’s free spirit and humanity. Bring our soldiers home from Afghanistan, Mr Rudd, and put on trial any Australians who may have been […]