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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)



Have your say – Saturday’s socialist speak out

Labor’s vote is collapsing across Australia and the Greens are polling close to 20 percent. Afghanistan is unwinnable for imperialism. Abbott wants a flat tax in which ordinary workers pay more and he pays less tax. Obama is leading the Democrats to oblivion in the mid-terms. The French working class challenge to Sarkozy’s pension plans has slowed down. To have your say on these or other issues you want to raise hit the comments button.



Comment from Fiona Cottingham
Time October 30, 2010 at 4:43 pm

And in Melbourne yesterday the people held up the traffic in Swanston St Melbourne for nearly an hour in protest against the N.T Intervention. About 800 people marched from the State Library to Collins and Swanston St intersection and staged a sit down {we were tired} holding up trams and traffic…oh sweet people power…There was NO media coverage…wonder why? Lucky I took my camera

Comment from John
Time October 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Wow. Thanks Fiona. Sounds great. Are the photos public yet? Feel free to post a link if and when they are.

Comment from John
Time October 30, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Is the swing to the Greens permanent, do you think? Is this a shift from a failed version of social democracy, ie Labor, to a new hope of social democracy, the Greens. Or is it the creation and re-creation of illusions?

Comment from Auntie Rhoberta
Time October 30, 2010 at 9:17 pm

John, I think you’re right about the Greens. They are of little more value than as an indicator of dissatisfaction with the status quo. But I wonder how long bourgeois democracy will last in the west anyway, even in formal terms. A ‘state of exception’ may not be far away.

Comment from Auntie Rhoberta
Time October 30, 2010 at 9:18 pm

(Though I hope I’m wrong!)

Comment from PAUL WALTER
Time October 31, 2010 at 3:01 am

Adelaide folk from my side of town and others, tomorrow do a march onparliament to protest further the “developer take all” Rann govt- specifically St Clair oval.
But gungho is flavour for the decade with SA neolibs; all suburbs seem to have problems with “development”, since government removed or neutered local inputs, safeguards, EPA’s, transperancy, etc, as to projects.

Comment from Ben Courtice
Time October 31, 2010 at 9:11 am

Will the swing to the Greens be a permanent phenomenon? I think if the Greens stuff it up – as many of their 1989 supporters felt they did in Tasmania – it will create a wave of apathy again. If people have their hopes built up and nothing happens, it is disempowering and demoralising. This is why it is so important to work with the Greens, alongside the Greens, to push the radical aspects of their policy as far as possible and get as much as we can out of their break-in into the two-party con job of Australian capitalism.

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