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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 21st, 2009

The crisis in the Australian Tax Office continues

The crisis in the Australian Tax Office continues. The ATO has a budget deficit of around $140 million. How can an organisation that can’t manage its own affairs run revenue collection for the nation? There are two main causes. The Labor Government’s  so-called efficiency dividend of 3.25% has cut funding to the ATO by at […]


John Passant to talk on the prospects for an Obama Presidency

For any Canberra reader, I am talking on Thursday 22 January from 6 pm at Socialist Alternative’s regular weekly branch meeting on the prospects for the Obama presidency. My article ‘Barack Obama is not Jesus Christ’ on this site forms the basis for that talk.  It is in room G 007 of the Moran Building […]

Barack Obama is not Jesus Christ

Obama’s swearing in as President of the United States is historic. It seemingly marks the political end of neo-liberalism as an ideology, one that has collapsed in the face of the global economic crisis and the failure of the market. (But we need to be careful here since neoliberal keynesianism looks more like neoliberalism than […]