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June 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)



Rudd’s Howard continuity: tax cuts for the rich

Who are Rudd Labor’s tax cuts on 1 July going to? Merchant bankers, not working families.

A paper by the Australia Institute shows that those earning less than $34,00 will get nothing from the tax cuts. Those on the average wage of about $60,000 get less than $3 a week.

But those on more than $180,000 – CEOs, merchant bankers and ministers for example – will get an extra $41 a week.

We are all in the great recession together says Kevin Rudd. If that is the case why doesn’t he tax the rich more and redirect the funding to something socially useful like schools and hopitals?

Or why not give more money in tax cuts to working families to stimulate spending? Rudd could pay for it and more social spending by slugging the rich.

Just getting rid of the $73 billion in tax handouts that business and the well-off get could help do that easily.

Labor won’t.

They are the high priests of profit and worship at its altar.

Part of the ritual sacrifice to appease the profit god is to give tax cuts to merchant bankers.

Rudd is Howard in Labor clothing. His philosophy (at the moment at least) can best be described as Keynesian neo-liberalism.

The only way to increase aggregate demand is for workers to win a bigger share of the national pie. Only industrial action can do that. Certainly, relying on the HowRudd Government won’t help us.


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