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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 November, 2009

Canberra same sex marriage demonstration

Canberra’s  demonstration for same sex marriage is on this Saturday 28 November at 1 pm in Garema Place in Civic. I will be speaking at a Socialist Alternative meeting after the rally ends (about 2.30 pm I guess) in the back room of the King O’Malley pub (just around the corner from Garema Place) on Sexuality and […]

Time for a mass movement to stop their climate change

The debacle over Australia’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme – billions of dollars of our money for the big polluters –  and the looming failure that will be Copenhagen show that we shouldn’t leave the resolution of the crisis to the political class who in the end represent the interests of the profiteers and their system. […]

The Church and gay marriage in Canberra

Here in the Australian Capital Territory the Labor Party (in minority Government) supported a Greens’ Bill giving legal recognition to same sex unions which passed just under 2 weeks ago. Federally the homophobic and anti-equal rights Rudd Labor Government will suggest changes to the Act which effectively gut it. The local Catholic archbishop weighed in […]

Why do women earn less than men?

Women’s lower status in terms of pay and work responsibilities is an integral part of capitalism. It flows from the very way the system is organised.

I did not have sex with her

Forget media manipulated sex scandals. What really matters is the lack of class struggle in Australia that allows mediocrities like Rann and Rudd to rise to the top of the Labor Party and government.

Victorian State Labor Conference endorses same-sex marriage

Victorian State Labor Conference endorses same-sex marriage! Another sign of the momentum growing for the November 28 rallies for equality! Cross Campus Equal Love student groups and Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) welcomes the decision of the Victorian State Labor Party conference to endorse the demand for Same-Sex marriage rights. The motion, which was described […]

Rudd Labor: not much has changed

In time Rudd and Gillard will become the Blair and Brown of Australian politics – reviled by their working class base as the servants of capital they truly are.

Copenhagen fiasco promises increased carbon emissions

The cost of adhering to the dictates of capitalism may be life on this planet.

Real Rudd change

Tuesday is the second anniversary of the election of the Rudd Labor Government. Haven’t things changed since we booted out John Howard? Afghanistan, climate change, the Northern Territory invasion, hospitals, schools, refugees, industrial relations, the economy. Real change.

Peter Cundall and the fight for democracy

As the arrest of gardening icon Peter Cundall shows, the fight against Gunns in Tasmania is not just a battle against a rotten environment destroying pulp mill. It is a struggle for democracy.