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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)



The Socceroos, strikes and ‘un-Australian’ activities

Australia’s football team, the Socceroos, want a pay increase.  They have evidently threatened to strike to get it. 

How did their bosses, Football Federation Australia, respond?

They put out a statement saying “it would be un-Australian if [the Socceroos] took strike action.”

Un-Australian no less.  Maybe Parliament should set up a House Committee to investigate.  

The very essence of Australian society in the minds of the FFA is evidently to bow and scrape before the bosses; to accept whatever scrap they throw from their bounteous table; to obey their every wish. 

So is it now ‘Un-Australian’ to take action that is at the very historical heart of  the founding of the Labor Party, currently in  Government?

Is it ‘un-Australian’ to ask for a pay increase? Is it  ‘un-Australian’ to fight for a pay increase?

Let’s get this straight.  Who brings the money in?  Would you pay to watch the members of FFA play football?  I didn’t think so.

These troglodytes, unctuously wrapping themselves in the Australian flag, should shut up and pay up.

And if this is how the FFA treat their stars, what must life be like for the ordinary workers who make the game possible through their work day in and day out?  Give them a real pay increase too.

But this is what every capital infested politician and boss argues – times are tough, take a pay cut for the good of the country and the company.

For the bosses the times are always tough when it comes to pay rises but not for their bonuses.

As the Socceroos show, we make the money for them.  Without us they are nothing.

The FFA have responded so rabidly because they know that a strike would force them to accede to the Socceroos’ demands. It is a lesson all workers could learn.

Australian  Soccer has lost me until they rid themselves of their reactionary mentality. 

Pay the Socceroos and all the other football workers a real wage increase.



Comment from Polprav
Time October 23, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Hello from Russia!
Can I quote a post in your blog with the link to you?

Comment from John
Time October 25, 2009 at 1:32 am

Yes Polprav.

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