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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)



Tony Abbott and post-impressionism

Tony Abbott adds a seemingly post-impressionist colour and essence to the dullness and sameness of Federal politics.

Compare that to the unbearable lightness of Labor being. 

I have this unshakable vision of a be-smocked Kevin Rudd creating washed out pastoral prints without structure or spirit. It  captures for me  the political crapulence and decrepitude of Labor. 

Instead of detailed programmatic specificity we get shit happens.

And yet, Abbot is not a post-impressionist. He is an artist without a canvas.

At best he is an Andy Warhol; a bright print which captures the eye but repulses and attracts the mind at the same time.

Abbott struggles not against the existing order and its impressionism.  While he declaims individual expression, he wants to reorder the world in the old ways, not the new. 

That individual expression is the cry of the slave, bound and gagged.  It is the scream.

Abbott renews by reclaiming the old. 

But in doing that, his style is to emphasise the subject. 

Abbott is about reinventing the ancien regime and its dull stultifying order, an order of workers downtrodden and defeated, cogs in the machine of capital.

We trudge to our drudgery, in a dull dark world of conformity and discipline.

The spirit will be leashed; there will be no lost ears in Abbott’s world.

His broad brush is the pointillism of profit, the watercolour of workchoices.

And so while the impression of change captures some, its reality is very different – a wash out of yesterday with nothing new, nothing different, for our eyes here and now.

We will not embrace the past without a future; we will reject our first impressions and return to light and substance.

We will ignore the universality of their difference.

We can assert own individuality only through our community, where we can all be Picasso and Rembrandt and Gauguin; not post or pre – just being.

Post-impressionism from the Musee D’Orsay is at the National Gallery of Australia until 5 April. It includes works by Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cezanne, Georges Seurat, Claude Monet, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis. 



Comment from Arjay
Time December 4, 2009 at 5:39 pm

Love him or hate him, Tony Abbott is a man of conviction.He espouses views that are not popular.Kevin Rudd is a popularist bureaucrat who yearns for a secure UN posting.

Who would you trust next year when things get really tough? Right now we are in the eye of the storm and the $150 trillion derivative bubble will soon burst.

The concept of left or right will be meaningless when the bubble of the Global Reserve Banksters bursts.

Comment from forex robot
Time December 9, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Amazing as always 🙂

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