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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 December 12th, 2009

ABC news and the walk against global warming

I watched the 7 pm ABC Canberra news tonight and found out that bank robbers in rural Ireland have been using diggers and trucks to rip ATMs out of the wall and spirit them away. And the usual section on that golfer. But there was absolutely nothing on the walk against global warming demonstration at Parliament […]


Barnaby Joyce and the economics of One Nation

Sometimes those from small business backgrounds can rise above their curse and achieve bourgeois greatness.  John Howard did. So too did Bob Menzies. Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke are Labor examples. What these leaders have in common is that in power they governed in the interests of big business, that small elite who make the major decisions about investment, wages, employment. […]

Old man’s mind

I am beginning to make mistakes in my articles. First I misdescribed Scott Morrison’s factional allegiances in the Liberal party.  Then I attributed to Aquinas something Augustine had actually done. The first was an example of inadequate research, and making linkages that weren’t there, the second forgetfulness.  As I age (I am on the older end of middle […]