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February 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 February, 2009

Canberra Labor cans free speech

$50,000 fines for postering.  That’s what Labor’s A.C.T. Chief Minister and civil libertarian Jon Stanhope is proposing in a new Bill. The Bill is an attack on free speech. The $50,000 would be for companies. If  Stanhope gets his way, the fine will be $10,000 for individuals. Police and rangers would have the power to issue […]

Bushfires – bosses will be bosses

A volunteer firefighter is called out. She helps set up protection lines which save a workplace in her employer’s group. The employer refuses to pay her for her absence from work that day firefighting. A boss is a boss is a boss. Her union is fighting for her.

Crap corner – their god hates us, but loves deadly bush fires

This is from a recent press release by the US Westboro Baptist Church thanking their god for the bush fires and praying for more deaths. GOD HATES AUSTRALIA. THANK GOD FOR KILLER FIRES & FLOODS, 100+DEAD; PRAY FOR MANY MORE; AS WE WARNED. They supposedly plan to demonstrate outside the mourning services today for those […]

Crikey – have a go at this!

Crikey’s Poison Pen wants to attack lefties as well as  the usual right-wing ratbags. They name Manne and Adams as two possible candidates.  Lefties? Those two?  Oh dear!  I have been trying to suggest they give my writings a bollocking but can’t for some reason post a comment on their site.  If there are any […]

Our terror and theirs

It has only taken seven years, but the International Commission of Jurists has finally realised that the “US ‘war on terror’ has eroded rights worldwide.” That has been one point among many the Left has been making for a long time. But the gloss the ICJ puts on it is unacceptable. It says that the […]

Santos: hot profits, frozen wages

Santos is an Australian mining company and last year made a record $1.7 bn profit, a 359 per cent increase in a year. Even taking out the capital profit of almost $1.2 bn Santos made from the sale of a share of a liquefied natural gas project in Queensland, the underlying profit of $572 million […]

Marxism 2009 – the left-wing event of the year

Marxism 2009 is now only around 7 weeks away. Don’t forget to get your ticket! Hear speakers from around the world.  They include: left wing Egyptian activist Mamdouh Habashi; American socialist and author of a new book on the Vietnam War Joe Allen; Deutscher prize winning author Rick Kuhn; Lebanese socialist activist Bassem Chit; NT […]

Upsurge in readers

There has been an upsurge in readers over the last week, many of them from Melbourne. Google Analytics gives me daily updates on the countries and cities readers are from, average times per city on the site, the number of pages read per city and the like. There are absolutely no personal details whatsoever available […]

A new audience for socialist ideas?

The mood on campus is different this year – more questioning. On Wednesday I was manning the Socialist Alternative stall at the Australian National University with a few other comrades for the beginning of the academic year. Of course there are still the usual party, party, party people. (By that I mean those interested in […]

The madness of capitalism

Last year there were about 6 million homeless in the US. At the moment about 5 million Americans face imminent foreclosure and many will end on the streets if that happens. There are 18 million empty homes. The solution seems obvious, doesn’t it? Let the homeless live in the empty dwellings. Instead there is a […]