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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)



Victorian Trades Hall Council Motions on Palestine

The Victorian Trades Hall Council passed the following motions on 5 February about Palestine.

Motion 1:

That this meeting of Victorian Trades Hall Council Delegates recommends an urgent gesture of solidarity with the workers of the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and strongly condemns Israel’s ongoing assaults on, and blockade of, the Gaza Strip.

While also expressing our solidarity with the people of southern Israel, who have been subjected to retaliatory rocket attacks from Gaza, we totally reject the claims by the Israeli government that its attacks on the Gaza Strip can be justified in terms of “self defence”.

In particular, we are concerned at what seems to be an emerging pattern of war crimes against Gaza’s civilian population, including:

The draconian blockade that Israel has imposed on the Gaza Strip, which has caused a general collapse in industry and an unemployment rate of around 50%. In 2006 an Israeli official explained that the purpose of the blockade was to put the Palestinians on a “diet”, so that they would lose weight. This indicates that the blockade is motivated by a policy of collective punishment of Gaza’s civilian population.

The ramming of the peace boat DIGNITY by Israeli warships on 29 December 2008. The ramming of the DIGNITY, which was carrying doctors, journalists, human rights workers and over three tonnes of emergency medical aid in international waters constitutes an act of piracy under international law.

The use of white phosphorous munitions by the Israeli Army in densely populated areas. Israel’s use of this weapon, which can burn down houses and causes horrific burns, has been widely condemned by international human rights agencies.

Israel’s bombing of United Nations schools, which were being used as shelters by Palestinian refugees.

Attacks on health clinics by Israeli forces.

Recent statements by the Israeli government that it will protect Israeli soldiers and officers accused of war crimes from prosecution by international tribunals.

We believe that the Australian government’s declarations of support for Israel’s assault on Gaza and its refusal to condemn Israel’s atrocities against the people are not conducive to peace in the Middle East and do not reflect Australian values or the sentiments of the Australian public. Accordingly, we believe that it is the responsibility of Australia’s unions, as the representatives of Australia’s workers, to express our strong opposition to Israel’s campaign of collective punishment and our solidarity with the Palestinian, Israeli and international peace activists who are working to end Israel’s occupation of Gaza and alleviate the suffering of its people.

Motion 2:

This meeting of Victorian Trades Hall Council Delegates recommends that the VTHC supports and endorses a national speaking tour by a Palestinian Trade Unionist in order to hear first hand about the plight of the Palestinian people.


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