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September 2010



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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, 2010

Abolition of the wages system

The aim of socialists is first to cohere and unite and give voice to the class conscious section of the working class around immediate demands and a socialist program of workers’ power. We workers then have a world to win.

Burmese jails and Australian concentration camps

Here in Australia a Burmese asylum seeker escaped from one of our concentration camps (euphemistically called detention centres) but has since been found and locked up again. He escapes Burmese jails to end up in an Australian one. He has committed no crime in either country. In the name of human decency, and in accordance […]

Carbon taxes cut wages: Saturday’s socialist speak out

The head of the world’s biggest mining company wants a carbon tax in Australia. Marius Kloppers knows what is best for BHP’s profits. And he knows that the cost of a carbon tax will be borne by the poor and working class – in Australia and the countries we export our coal and other dirty energy […]

Remembering our September 11

As commentators argue over the legacy of the 9/11 attacks this week it is worth remembering another September 11 – S11 2000 – where for three days thousands of anti-corporate demonstrators battled police for control of the streets of Melbourne in what was one of the most militant mass protests in recent Australian history writes Corey Oakley in Socialist Alternative.

Is America a right-wing country?

Republicans may be poised to win in the November elections, but that doesn’t mean a majority of ordinary Americans accept the right’s ideology and program as their own writes Lance Selfa in the US magazine Socialist Worker. IN A number of recent interviews, leading left intellectual Noam Chomsky has compared the atmosphere in the U.S. […]

Building unions: putting lives before profit

Only mass strikes can save and, if convicted, rescue Ark Tribe from jail, smash Labor’s ABCC and put people and their lives before profit.

Victory to Ark Tribe. Victory to building workers across Australia.

Wickenby – the rich begin to scream

This is a letter I sent to the Australian Financial Review recently. Peter Haggstrom is the former Special Adviser on Taxation to the Commonwealth Ombudsman. John. ‘I wrote recently that the success of Wickenby can perhaps be measured by the increasing shrillness of the response. But Peter Haggstrom (Letters Friday 10 September) has captured the […]

September 11 – lest we forget

Lest we forget the lessons of September 11 in Chile, the US and Australia.

New Government – old ideas? Saturday’s socialist speak out

The Labor Government of Julia Gillard is back in power with the support of 2 of the 3 country independents, the Greens and independent Andrew Wilkie. Despite the talk about new paradigms, it will be capitalism as usual. All the parliamentary players are locked in a dance of death with profit and they will act within […]

New Marxist journal to be launched

Marxist Left Review, a new journal published by Socialist Alternative, is launched as the most severe world economic crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s has entered its second phase. This is after a temporary stabilisation made possible by trillions of dollars spent by the wealthy countries to prop up the financial institutions of capitalism. It is increasingly clear that the analysis put forward by Marxists – that this is a systemic crisis – is correct. As we go to press there is widespread fear of a double-dip recession in the US, and that European countries are still under threat of default on their debts. So Marxist politics have never been more relevant.

Socialist Alternative was established in 1995 as the result of expulsions of leading members from the International Socialist Organisation. We support and argue for the core politics of the international socialist tradition – that the Stalinist states were/are in no sense socialist, that capitalism is a system of crisis and that the working class is the only force capable of leading a struggle for socialism which will need a revolution in order to succeed. And our aim is to lay the basis for a mass revolutionary party based on the ideas of Marx and Lenin. We feel it is time for us to produce a more substantial publication than our website and our printed monthly magazine, Socialist Alternative.