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April 2009



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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)



$90 now!

I don’t know if politicians deserve an increase of $90 a week in their electoral publication allowance, an allowance which if they don’t spend it becomes their income at the end of each year.

But I do know pensioners and the unemployed deserve huge increases in their allowances and that all workers need and should get large real wages increases.

$90 a week for all of them seems to me a sensible increase. It would certainly stimulate demand across the country.

If it is good enough for politicians it is good enough for those they serve.

For workers on the average wage $90 is an increase of  about 7. 5 percent. For pensioners and the unemployed it is an increase of between 18 and 22 percent.

We deserve it. For the last 30 years capital has grown fat on our work, yet squandered the gains on the endless drive to accumulate, accumulate, accumulate.

We can afford it. The wages share of gross national income is at it slowest in over 40 years and that of profit at its highest ever recorded.  And still the bosses want more sacrifices from us.

The bosses should make the sacrifices. Tighten their belts, not ours.

Enough is enough. Join the ninety now! campaign.

It will take a real fight to win justice for workers, pensioners and social security recipients but we can do it. We have the strength.

Workers, follow your leaders. Demand an extra $90 a week now for all workers and for pensioners and the unemployed.


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