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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)



Socialism and football

Bill Shankly was the greatest Liverpool Football Club coach ever. Here is his view on life.

‘The socialism I believe in is everybody working for the same goal and everybody having a share in the rewards. That’s how I see football, that’s how I see life.’



Comment from STT
Time March 13, 2009 at 4:48 pm

So what’s the common goal? In football, it’s obvious – put the ball in the net more times than the opposition. In life, it ain’t that simple. We all have different motivations and desires.

Comment from John
Time March 13, 2009 at 6:39 pm

Thanks STT. While it is true we have different individual desires and motivations, most motivations are based on a super motivation, to get a job and live adequately.

So I think you can generalise on class lines. Workers interests are for jobs and good living conditions; the bosses interests are profit.

Indeed it may be that this motivation for profit warps all our other human motivations.
The common gaol for workers is a society in which they have jobs and good living conditions, a society I envisage of democracy and production to satisfy human need.

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