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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)



Greed, gender and jobs

Capitalism is a system of greed – not only individual greed but systemic greed.

Whether a woman is running the country or the state or a company makes no difference to this fundamental principle .

Australia has as its head of State the Queen. Her representative is the Governor General, Quentin Bryce. 

The acting Prime Minister is Julia Gillard.  The recently re-elected premier of Queensland is Anna Bligh.

Sharan Burrow is head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions – the peak union body in Australia.

Heather Ridout is head of Australian Industry group, certainly the most Labor Government friendly peak bosses’ body.

6 of the most powerful people in Australia are women.

Will that make any difference to working class and poor women?

Not one iota. Julia Gillard, along with Heather Ridout, supports a real wage cut for the low paid.  Evidently women workers are to become poorer to become better off!  It won’t work.

Women earn 80 per cent of men for the same work.  ACTU President Sharan Burrow has done nothing to change that, or to win maternity leave for women.

She is watching over a jobs massacre of women and men and doing SFA.

The Chief Executive Officer of Pacific Brands is a woman.  That hasn’t stopped her sacking 1850 mainly women workers.

Pacific Brands has a factory in Brisbane.  Anna Bligh is the triumphant Queensland premier. She is doing nothing for the women there.  Nothing – because she is managing the system of greed which decrees these women are to go on the dole.

Quentin Bryce is gallivanting around Africa trying to win votes for Australia to get a seat on the UN’s House of Imperialism – the security council. 

Why doesn’t she condemn Pope Benedict for arguing that condom use helps spread AIDS?  These comments, made recently in Africa, will condemn millions of women to death from the disease.

Solidarity is all well and good as rhetoric but when it stands of the way of men or women bosses making a profit, the Labor Party types remain loyal to their class – the bourgeoisie.

For the women workers at Pacific Brands and other workplaces around Australia Gillard and Bligh are the enemy, not an ally.

A boss is a boss is a boss, no matter what their gender.


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