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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)



Archive for February, 2009

What if Marx is right?

There is a dagger at the heart of capitalism. It is the tendency of the rate of profit to fall. If Marx is right about this tendency then it doesn’t really matter in the long term whether you are a stimulator or tax cutter, a Keynesian or a Friedmanite. Stimulus packages, tax cuts, letting business […]

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? […]

Flag-waving mobs in violent racist attacks

The terrifying racist attacks in Manly, and Cronulla before that, are the result of ten years of hard work by John Howard’s Liberal government – with more than a little help from his friends and the tame cat “opposition” of the Labor Party. Jerome Small in Socialist Alternative analyses where this flag waving racism comes from.

9,000 Tax Office jobs to go?

The crisis in the Australian Tax Office is deepening. Those who administer our tax system want to massively cut the number of full time permanent ATO staff and privatise essential operations.

Privatisation and the bushfires

What role did privatisation play in the Kinglake fire which killed over 100 people? It may have contributed. SP Ausnet has the contract to maintain the power lines in much of eastern Victoria. Some believe a broken power line sparked the Kinglake fire. They have launched a class action against SP Ausnet and the Victorian […]

Troops home to re-build

Bring Australian troops home from Afghanistan and Iraq to help re-build the towns the fires have destroyed.

The hazards of the burn off argument

Dr Don Driscoll, from the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, has an interesting letter in the Canberra Times criticising ‘the burn off will prevent extreme fires’ argument. He describes the ‘calls for more land clearing and fuel reduction burning’ as ‘reactionary’ and ‘muddleheaded’. Why?

Banks, insurance and the Victorian fires

Surprise, surprise. Some banks are evidently enforcing penalties on fire victims who miss mortgage repayments. They’ll say it is a case by case decision, but we all know what that means. ’You’re screwed, mate. Pay up now.’ These poor people may have lost their homes. Some are helping re-build their community or are in grief […]

5 dead kids in Afghanistan

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?) We will, after the perfunctory investigation, pay the families compensation. What can compensate a family for the killing of their kids? I am sure they’ll be pleased to know it […]

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 […]