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August 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)



This is how to stop the Nazis

Anti-Nazi campaigners won a superb victory on the streets of Birmingham last Saturday.

The racist English Defence League (EDL) is touted as the street fighting wing of the Nazi British National Party (BNP). It tried to hold an anti-Muslim rally in the city centre.

The Nazis hoped to whip up race hate and create a climate of fear in Birmingham.

Instead thousands of people, from all backgrounds, forced them to flee the city.

This is a shining example of the response we need whenever the Nazis try to organise.

Some people argue that to confront the Nazis is denying their “freedom of speech”.

Allowing them to whip up racism and division is not only undemocratic—it is dangerous.

When the Nazis begin to organise in an area, black and Asian people, trade unionists, LGBT people and others face intimidation and brutal attacks.

But when they are are forced to retreat, it gives confidence to everyone who opposes them.

It shows that people don’t have to put up with living in fear.

The BNP tries to put on a “respectable” face and gain influence by winning elections.

This weekend it will hold its “family-friendly” Red, White and Blue festival in Codnor, Derbyshire.

We need to strip the mask away. The BNP’s ultimate aim is the destruction of democracy.

That is why we need to physically confront the Nazis wherever they try to organise.

This article, by Sadie Robinson, first appeared in the British weekly Socialist Worker.


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