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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 September 5th, 2009

Tobin tax bombshell splits ruling class

A Tobin tax won’t address the fundamental and systemic problem of capitalism – the crisis of profitability.


Even in France the economy is ‘not out of the woods yet’…

This article, by Stéphanie Treillet, was first posted on the French New Anti-Capitalist Party site and can be found here. It is called Economie: pas de sortie de crise. Given Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan’s penchant for talking about Australia’s economy not being out of the woods yet, I have used their hackneyed phrase in my loose translation […]

Aborigines, education and Cuban teams

Cuban educational teams in East Timor have improved literacy at low cost there.  Considering they run at about 30% of the cost of other NGO, UN etc programs which may not have the same success, imagine what could be achieved through funding the Cuban teams to the same extent. If the Australian Government invited them […]

Freeing meaning

The point is not to capture meaning; it is to free it.

Rise up against US war criminals and their fundamentalist lackeys

This is a statment made in May by the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan after a US bombing killed 150 civilians.  Their website has a graphic photo of what ‘women’s liberation’ under US forces in Afghanistan really means. The link is here. As the US occupiers continue killing our innocent and sorrowed people without […]