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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)



Health care for all: time for a national system

The Rudd Labor Government is going to attack the health insurance rebate for middle and high income earners and increase the tax on those who do not take out private health insurance.

They are propping up an inefficient industry to the tune of $4 billion.

The HowRudd Government argues that the market (with Government carrot and stick intervention) will solve the problem.

Maybe when it comes to health, the market is a failure and doesn’t need carrots and sticks. It needs abolishing.

Why should medical treatment depend on what’s in your wallet?

I have an alternative.  Abolish the private health insurance rebate.  Establish a National Health System which is funded through progressive taxation. Make all medical and hospital services free.  Put doctors on a wage.

Increase public spending on health services to ensure there are no waiting lists. Soak the rich till the pips squeak to pay for this.

A pipe dream? 

Countries around the world have done it. 

We can too and thus ensure that ordinary working people get the health care they deserve.

 The problem is that Rudd Labor is wedded to the market model as the best way to deliver everything – health care, environmental reform, banking, car manufacturing…

Only a radical re-thinking of the way we organise society and deliver vital services can provide health care for all.


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