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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 March 19th, 2009

The stimulous package

‘Use your stimulous to go to the US,’ said a billboard outside a travel agency. Don’t they know only wankers like me can get away with making up words like stimuloss, but then again perhaps their misspelling  was intentional too.  After all Rudd’s stimulus package is lousy.


Booze, bingeing and bullshit

Let’s get drunk on our power, not their poison.

Crap Corner – The Australian again

Cut & Paste in The Australian newspaper tells us about the ‘left’s’ supposed about-face on Afghanistan from support to opposition to the US-led invasion. (The Australian March 18 page 15).   But that can’t be right.  Only the day before, Nick Dyrenfurth was telling us, in his silly article in the same newspaper called ‘Rudd must […]

Too poor for the stimulus package

My friend Brian is too poor to receive the $900 stimulus payment. Last financial year Brian was working but earnt less than $11,000. This means that, even though he lodged a tax return, because he was below the effective tax free threshold and thus paid no tax on his income, he doesn’t get the $900. And the […]

Il Globo, the Tax Office and me

There was an interesting interview with Michael D’Ascenzo, the Commissioner of Taxation in Australia, in Il Globo recently. Here is part of the interview with Michael.  A former assistant commissioner, John Passant, recently described the office as dominated by people who were too old and hostage to a “detail fetish” where they should be thinking big. […]

Zionism and anti-semitism

Ever since I published  ‘Anti-semitism make-believe: the last refuge of Zionism’ a couple of my pro-Palestinian articles have been receiving particular attention from some readers. I suggest that those looking at my views on this also read some other articles on the site – for example ‘Anti-Zionism is not anti-semitism’ and Rick Kuhn’s  ‘One state only road to justice in Palestine’.