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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)



Marxism 2009 agenda

              Updated Program for Marxism 2009                  

Easter weekend: Thursday April 9 until Sunday April 12 at Melbourne University

For bookings and more information visit Marxism 2009

Thursday 9th April


Public meeting: Challenging capitalism and war: featuring a left wing activist from Egypt Mamdouh Habashi, American socialist and author of a new book on the Vietnam War Joe Allen and Socialist Alternative National Executive member Sandra Bloodworth

Friday 10th April


Marxist foundations: The Russian revolution: The real story

Sri Lanka: Where Trotskyism became a mass movement with Vashti Kenway

Trading in pollution: Environmental destruction & the fallacy of market solutions with Liz Walsh


Bubble to Bust: The Global Economy Today with Deutscher prize winning author Rick KuhnMarxist foundations: Do revolutions always end in dictatorships?

Australia and the “Good War”: Opposition and Resistance during WW2 with Tom O’Lincoln, author of a soon to be published book on the war



Q and A with renowned investigative reporter and documentary filmmaker John Pilger

Fighting back against capitalist crisis: a first hand report on worker and student resistance in Greece with Greek socialist activist Thanasis Kourkoulas



What does the Obama presidency mean for world politics with American socialist Joe Allen The Northern Territory intervention: the latest racist land grab with NT Aboriginal activist Barbara Shaw, one of the leaders of the Intervention Rollback Action Group, and Socialist Alternative’s Diane Fieldes



Debate on way forward for the union movement with Tom Bramble author of a new book on the history of the Australian union movement and Grahame McCulloch, General Secretary, National Tertiary Education Union The red in the rainbow – the struggle for sexual liberation with Socialist Alternative National Executive member Louise O’Shea

Marxist foundations: What is the revolutionary attitude to violence and non- violence?



Red Shelley: a recital by Luke Wilson of the revolutionary poetry of Percy Byshe ShelleyPlus a Radical history tour of Melbourne University conducted by Mick Armstrong


Saturday 11th April



Marxist foundations: Is human nature a barrier to radical change?Are Western workers a labour aristocracy? with Lian Jenvey

When the Diggers took on the Scabs – Retaking the Waterfront in 1919 with radical historian Robert Bollard





Marxist foundations: Socialist Alternative: Who are we? What do we stand for? What the world economic crisis means for socialists with Socialist Alternative National Executive member Diane Fieldes

Comrades Come Rally: the formation of the Australian Communist Party with Patrick Weiniger







Panel on Gay Liberation Movement with Liz Ross, Daniel Marshall and another special guest The origins of Bolshevism in Russia: a new interpretation with Sandra Bloodworth


Why does capitalism go into crisis?  with Diane Fieldes

4 pm




Marxist foundations: Why do we need a socialist organisation? Imperialism and the struggle for a free Palestine with a Palestinian socialist, guest speakers from the Middle East and Socialist Alternative’s Mick Armstrong

Animal Farm and 1984: Was Orwell anti-socialist?  with Liam Byrne


Power point presentation on the campaign against Connex’s Apartheid railway in occupied Palestine with Jerome Small


The socialist answer to the deepening capitalist crisis with a range of international speakers and Vashti Kenway from Socialist Alternative



Film Screening of the Walkley award winning anti-war film Taliban Country, directed by Carmela Baranowska

Plus a Radical history tour of Melbourne University conducted by Mick Armstrong


Sunday 12th April


Marxist foundations: Why a class analysis matters to changing the worldDoes the “Russia question” still matter for the left? with Socialist Alternative magazine editor Corey Oakley

The Marxist theory of sexism, oppression and class with Fleur Taylor


Marxist foundations: The capitalist state: what it is and how to challenge it A history of Anarchism – a Marxist critique by Colleen Bolger

A report on working class resistance in the Middle East by Mamdouh Habashi from Egypt


The ABC of Marxist Economics with Ben Hillier

Does the Marxist theory of imperialism need updating? by Tom Bramble

More than a year of hard Labor: Rudd and Australian politics today with Rebecca Barrigos



Lenin’s What is to be done – a re-interpretation by Mick Armstrong

Why changing the world means taking power with Allyson Hose

Marxist foundations: Sexism and 21st century capitalism: Why are women still oppressed?


5.40pm          Final round Up      International speakers and Vashti Kenway from Socialist Alternative


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