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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)



Compassion for kids

I want to set up a donation centre for some kids and their families.  Attacked and killed by foreign forces, the misery their families and friends feel is beyond belief.  But unlike our heartfelt giving for fellow Australians, who among us is going to support our brothers and sisters in Palestine or Afghanistan by giving money, or even by arguing against and condemning the invaders?



Comment from Abigail Petit
Time February 13, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I agree.

Comment from peng
Time February 13, 2009 at 10:46 pm

While it is a tragedy that many Australians were killed and made homeless by the bushfires, Australians ultimately chose where they live and they made the decision to stay behind to defend their homes in the bush.
The Palestinians in Gaza do not have the luxury of choice as to where they live. They are refugees forced from their homes in Palestine in 1948 by Israel, and are blockaded in Gaza Strip, and have to cop assasination, detention, bullets, shells, missiles, cluster bombs and phosphorous bombs from the Israeli military who are armed with the high tech weoponry supplied primarily from US military aid. And the Australian Govermnment is a cheer leader of the Israeli military’s violent crimes against the Palestinians in Gaza, and backed by the popular press, including our 8 cents-a- day ABC. With this pro-Israeli reporting of events in the Middle East, it is little wonder that there is little outrage by Australians against crimes against humanity perpetrated by the Zionist state against the Palestinian people.

Comment from John Passant
Time February 14, 2009 at 5:59 am

Thanks Peng

I think that although there was pro-Zionist reporting, many Australians saw the reality of Israeli aggression and war crimes day in and day out. Certainly the petition against Israeli war crimes attracted lots and lots of signatures.

I was prompted to write this by the fact Australian troops killed 5 children in Afghanistan. There will be lots of talk about ‘rules of engagement’ and the Taliban hiding among civilians (sound familiar) but the simple fact remains we killed five kids. Why are we there? We wouldn’t be killing kids if we weren’t there.

But our Government has troops in Afghanistan, and supports Israel as part of an insurance policy with US imperialism. The struggle in Australia in support of the Palestinians and Afghanis is the struggle against US and Australian imperialism.

Comment from Abigail Petit
Time February 15, 2009 at 6:33 am

With the trillions of dollars in petro-money in the hands of their brothers and sisters in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Abu Dabi, and other Arab nations, why do they let their Palestinian relatives suffer in poverty? One day’s oil income could solve all the problems in Gaza, and the Arab potentates wouldn’t even miss the money.

Comment from MarianK
Time February 15, 2009 at 9:36 am


‘…why do they let their Palestinian relatives suffer in poverty?’

Because those countries would automatically become pariah nations if they did so. Economically and diplomatically, this would cost them dearly.

Because their people mostly support the Palestinians, the rulers of these countries are between a rock and a hard place. The only way that Arab and other ME leaders could support the Palestinians is to take an official stance in unison, not as individual nations.

If world opinion could tip the balance enough, there might be a shift in official Arab/ME policy on Palestine. We’ve got to keep the international pressure up.

Comment from MarianK
Time February 15, 2009 at 9:41 am


I should have said in my previous post …

‘Because those countries would automatically become pariah nations if they tried to help Palestine.’

Comment from dezza
Time February 16, 2009 at 10:06 am

tell the kid’s parents to stop sending missiles over to Israel, and to formally recognise Israel’s right to exist.
I would rather contribute to the ‘save the mole rat’ campaign before donating a penny to those people.

Comment from dezza
Time February 16, 2009 at 10:08 am

I notice those friendly muslims are clapping and dancing at the fires devastating VIC.
such a nice religion, and so peacefull.

Comment from John
Time February 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm


What evidence is there for this assertion? If it were true it’d be all over the papers.

The only religious comments I have seen (apart from expressions of compassion) that cause me problems are from Pastor Danny of the Catch the Fire Ministry who said he had had a dream about the fires in October. Perhaps he should have warned us then. Perhaps he didn’t because he saw the fires as revenge for our sins. Or maybe it’s all bullshit.

But the dear Pastor did actually say that the fires were the Christian God’s revenge for our sins, in particular in Victoria for the passage of the abortion de-criminalisation Bill. To use your words, such a very nice religion, and so peaceful.

Comment from Dame Ingrid O’Hara
Time February 16, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I read about the Muslims terrorists celbrating our conflagration on this very website. Either John posted it, or one of his faithful readers posted it. I also heard about it on the telly.

Comment from John
Time February 16, 2009 at 9:16 pm

It was Denise I think who posted an article from October last year in the Age newspaper about terrorists possibly , just maybe, some time in the far off future, lighting bush fires. It had no substance and least of all does it show Muslims celebrating the fires this year – 4 months later . The only one who could in any way be justifying the fires (as God’s revenge) so far is Pastor Danny from the Christian Catch the Fire Ministry.

This has nothing to do with Muslims. It is racists to raise this ludicrous suggestion. The real criminals are the do nothing politicians around the world on climate change and those responsible for underfunding this whole area of bush fore readiness in Australia – the various state and federal governments and would be governments.

Comment from John
Time February 16, 2009 at 10:03 pm

The missiles are a diversion. In seven years they killed 14 Israelis. In one year, Israel killed 45 Palestinians from the West Bank, where no missiles were fired from. None.

The criminal blockade has destroyed many Palestinian lives. The blockade is an act of war. As Hamas quite rightly says: Lift the blockade.

And during the invasion the Israelis killed 1300 Palestinians. Perhaps Israel should recognise Palestine’s right to exit rather than trying to drive them out of greater Israel or subjugate them.

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