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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)



Farmers boiling – Saturday’s socialist speak out

What to make of the seeming successful revolt by farmers and others in the Murray Daring Basin against the Authority’s plans to cut water entitlements and increase water flows? Well, the big miners kicked up a  stink and got their way. The farmers (by and large family farms are at the forefront of the protests, not agribusiness) are doing the same. Gillard Labor is backpedalling. And the big polluters killed the emissions trading scheme. Maybe there’s a lesson for workers there. If you don’t fight you lose.

But the bad news is that the farmers are small businessmen and women by and large and the revolutionary left needs to analyse the situation in any depth to develop policies – eg compensation for transition – that assuage their rage and appeal to workers in the region. The comparison with the failure to compensate aborigines for their dispossession and loss of life and livelihood is striking. The contrast haunts me. I’ll think about this over the weekend and throw some ideas around. To have your say on this or any other issue hit the comments button.



Comment from John
Time October 16, 2010 at 8:38 am

Bill Leak’s cartoon in today’s Australian is a disgrace – suggesting the Greens would force rural folk into deportation vans at gun point while crying over frogs and lamenting the fact they aren’t allowed to marry. I wrote the following to the Australian condemn this attack on the Greens.

As anyone who has read my blog would know, I am highly critical of the Greens. But I must condemn Bill Leak’s disgraceful cartoon suggesting the Greens are about putting rural folk into deportation trucks at gun point.

The only parties who support the use of force to resolve disputes are Labor and the Opposition with their troops in Afghanistan, their Northern Territory invasion and of course their refugee concentration camps (euphemistically called detention centres).

This vilification and denigration of the Greens’ campaign for a better environment for humans and other living creatures might appeal to the Hansonite wing of Australian politics but for all of us struggling to reconcile the satisfaction of human need with an increasingly fragile environment Leak’s descent into reactionary name calling offers no solutions and deserves nothing but contempt.

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