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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)



Archive for June, 2009

There goes the stimulus package

Jennie Granger is going on six months leave as Second Commissioner in the ATO to manage the stimulus package.  She will be a Comptroller-General in PM&C.  Comptroller is an apt word to describe Jennie’s management style.  ATO staff can only hope she is then offered a nice little out of the way Department to run, one where she can’t do […]

Iran pauses

The millions of Iranians demonstrating against the dictatorship have been an inspiration to socialists around the world. It’s not about the rigging.  It’s about the Iranian people moving onto the stage of history. But those faltering steps have slowed. The Iranian state has unleashed its thugs on peaceful demonstrators.  Tear gas, beatings, and even live ammunition are […]

Ban Sarkozy, not the burqa

Sarkozy’s proposed ban on the burqa is ‘liberation’ from above, and as Iraq and Afghanistan show, that is never successful. Sarkozy is the Bush of the burqa.

Between revolt and repression in Iran

Real democratic change in Iran won’t come from U.S. intervention, but from a broadening and deepening of the protest movement.

Unions NSW to swallow Canberra Labour Clubs?

Unions NSW have bought, or are about to buy, the four Canberra Labour clubs, currently owqned by the Canberra ALP. Or so an insider told me a few days ago. Well so much for that scoop.  The Tradies group have signed an in principle agreement with the Canberra ALP to buy the clubs.  The Construction, Forestry, Mining and […]

Did Costello leave too early?

What’s the cliché? A week is a long time in politics.  Last week Peter Costello announced he was retiring from politics.  After Malcolm Turnbull’s disaster yesterday about the beaut ute email nonsense, Costello would probably have had the numbers to roll the fatally flawed Opposition leader.  Who’s left?  Joe Hockey? Tony Abbott? Julie Bishop?  Or […]

Parliament: recall the lying lot

The beaut ute email extravaganza has got me thinking about the Paris Commune. How to govern?  That is just one of the questions each great working class revolution poses. The answer has been remarkably similar. The short lived Commune of the working men and women of Paris had some really strange rules.  Democracy was one of […]

Iranian Embassy Protest

Support the mass movement against the Iranian regime. Protest at noon Friday 26 June Iranian Embassy, 25 Culgoa Cct O’Malley ACT. John is talking (with other socialists)  for Socialist Alternative on Iran: from rigging to revolution at 6 pm on Thursday 25 June, room G039 Copland Building, Australian National University.  For other states check out events […]

Iran: a general strike?

Deepen and spread the Iranian revolution. Strike now for economic and political freedom. Nationalise industry under workers’ democratic control.

Iran boils over

There is a great article on Iran by Lee Sustar from the International Socialist Organisation in the United States which Socialist Alternative in Australia have reproduced. See Iran boils over.