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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 12th, 2009

Quadrant and that hoax: The Left shouldn’t lie

The hoax on Keith Windschuttle and Quadrant magazine didn’t advance the cause of the Left; it set it back. I am using Left in a broad general sense to cover reformers, those who vacillate between reform and revolution and revolutionaries alike. For overseas readers, here in Australia Katherine Wilson recently played a hoax on Keith […]


Prince Harry – our racist regals

Racist Prince Harry. I rest my case for an Australian republic.

Kevin Rudd – our Man of Butter

My thanks to Paul Drakeford from Kew for this.  Writing in the Australian First Byte (Letters) section today, Monday January 12, Paul says: ‘Kevin Rudd, our Man of Butter.  As soon as there’s any heat in the kitchen he melts away.’

Warmaholic skeptic recants, sort of

Jon Jenkins wrote a particularly aggressive and partly ad hominem piece against climate change in The Australian newspaper recently (‘Let’s not waste energy on the warmaholics’ fantasy’ 6 January.)  I mentioned the piece on this site in ‘A dagger in the heart of climate change scepticism’ about a well argued and lucid pro-global warming article from […]

Dave Warner – suburban boy makes good

Dave Warner may be “just a suburban boy” – a bad joke for those in the know – but his twenty20 cricket debut for Australia on Sunday night, scoring 89 runs off 43 balls, was exhilarating.