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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)



Will Second String Joe really save the Liberals?

So Joe Hockey is going to save the Liberal Party eh? Remember Workchoices and how he saved the Howard Government? Didn’t think so.

Or his stellar career as Minister for …?  Yeah, I can’t remember either.

But he was folksy, wasn’t he, on that television show?  So that makes him fit to be shadow Treasurer? That, and his ability to posture in Parliament.

At least we can say Hockey is on an intellectual par with the Treasurer.

Want to hear some gossip?  Treasury staff tell me Wayne isn’t the sharpest tool in the box. They have to keep explaining really simple things to him.  GDP is.. Inflation is… (OK, I made these two examples up. I suspect after lots of rote learning even Wayne knows what they are.)

If unemployment doesn’t improve and the polls worsen for Labor, Swan will take a dive for Rudd.  But maybe Labor will keep its lead in the polls because like all good illusionists they give the impression of action.

But back to my favourite comedy show, the Coalition.  Costello didn’t want the shadow Treasurer’s job because his goal is the Opposition leadership as the stepping stone to being PM, preferably after the disaster that will be the next election for the Coalition.

Of course, Turnbull’s opposition to the stimulus package might see his leadership implode before then. I think he is safe.  After all, the lemmings all followed him.

It is more likely that as unemployment skyrockets over the next year we will get two versions of  a lie.

Turnbull will pontificate. ‘See, the package was a waste and hasn’t saved one job.’

Rudd will declaim. ‘Our package created 100,000 jobs. See how much worse it would have been if we hadn’t acted.’

Rudd’s $42 billion is his attempt to avoid becoming Jim Scullin. And it might work because many voters will think at least he tried something in the face of these outside and uncontrollable forces (i.e. global capitalism).

The Liberals have a problem. How does doing nothing sell in the electorate?  It is a task Turnbull has given Second String Joe. Good luck.

The Liberals appear to have embraced creative destruction as their philosophy. Ironically, by doing so, that may well be their fate at the next election.

Then Costello can assume the leadership.



Comment from John
Time February 17, 2009 at 9:16 pm

This is the sort of gossip I have to write about because the class is quiet.

It has come to this. I have joined the Michelle Grattans of the world with gossip parading as analysis!

I mean – machinations in the Liberal Party! How low can I go? Who cares who leads the party of Big Business?

‘There is no alternative’, unless the working class begins to defend its material interests (jobs, wages, conditions) against the battering ram of global capitalism (and its Australian based twin.) Oh for that day!

oh well.

Comment from Arjay
Time February 18, 2009 at 9:13 pm

John is it never that simple.The Labor Party is also the party of big business.They both take donations from the same sources.The biggest problem between the major parties is that of differentiation.Labor basically cannot balance budgets ie they less disciplined and the Libs are disciplined but want to screw the worker to feed the casino called the share market.

We are between the devil and the deep blue sea.Socialism is not the answer nor is the greed of the Corporates.

Comment from John Passant
Time February 18, 2009 at 9:20 pm


I agree Labor is also a party of big business – but probably the second eleven of capital.

However its roots and tradition are in the trade union leadership, (a group separate from the working class but dependent on them) and its electoral support comes from working people.

So the ALP is contradictory. It is, in Lenin’s words, “a bourgeois workers’ party.”

I am not sure why a democratic society in which production occurs to satisfy human need (ie socialism) is not the answer. Perhaps you could explain your thoughts.

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