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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)



Let us remember our fallen at work

Tuesday is the International Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job. 

Last year 440 workers in Australia died at work and many more were injured.  One building worker a week loses their life on the job.

I pay my respects to all those who have died or been seriously injured at or from work. I join with their families, workmates and unions in saying we need to do much more to make our workplaces safe.

The driver for business is profit, not safety, so some businesses are tempted to cut safety ‘costs’ to increase profit.

The price of a safe workplace is eternal vigilance. It is unions which vigorously pursue safety on the job for all workers. 

When building workers strike tomorrow for safe workplaces the Australian Building and Construction Commission may prosecute them. 

Despite safety being an objective of the Act setting up this anti-democratic organisation, the ABCC  has done nothing to defend, let alone improve, safety standards on building sites. 

Its draconian anti-union powers make it harder for workers to strike to force the building bosses to improve safety.

So striking for safety is a crime under Rudd’s laws.

The fight against the ABCC is a fight for safety on the job. 

Here in Canberra Socialist Alternative will have a talk on 14 May to mark the 40th anniversary of the virtual general strike in Australia which freed union leader Clarrie O’Shea from jail and smashed the penal powers.



Comment from Adam
Time April 28, 2009 at 2:47 pm

Yeah right.

Unions are to safety on-sight, as is death at the same place.

There should be comparitives over the previous decade or so, then the proofing can be discussed truthfully.

Whats more, the numbers will increase, even as unemployment increases.

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