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January 2009



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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 January 2nd, 2009

Reject wage cuts

The calls for wage cuts have started.  In the Sydney Morning Herald recently Mark Davis argued that one man’s wage increase was another man’s job. Presumably women don’t work in Mark’s world.  (‘Give your pay packet a shave and help save jobs’ SMH Opinion Friday January 2 p 9). Davis wants the Fair Pay Commission […]


Crap Corner – Albrechtsen, shoes and Iraqi democracy

Janet Albrechtsen thinks that “perhaps the return to Iraq of a bit of shoe throwing as the ultimate sign of Arab disgust is a healthy sign of a democracy, warts and all,  taking hold.”  (“Talk about surrender” Opinion, The Australian Wednesday December 31 p 10). Well, not quite, Janet. But first, let’s recap.  It was […]

The road to Jerusalem runs through Cairo

I have argued consistently for one state for Palestine, with democratic rights for all its citizens, Palestinians and Israelis. Indeed the PLO at one stage had as its aim the establishment of just such a state.  It called for a democratic and secular Palestine. But its commitment was at best half hearted, and none of […]