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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)



Equal pay, spies and a Left Labor Party – Saturday’s socialist speak out

From spies in the building industry to rolling strikes across Australia in response, the building unions may now have the chance to smash Labor’s anti-union Australian Building and Construction Commission. Labor, showing again its anti-worker attitude, has pointed out to Fair Work Australia that the Budget bottom line would be worsened markedly by any decision granting mainly women workers in the community and social services sector wage justice and equal pay for equal work. They are happy of course to spend billions per year on the war in Afghanistan, and defence more generally, but not on women workers. Why not tax the rich to pay for wage justice? Labor’s pro-business and anti-worker stance reinforces the move to the Greens by significant sections of Australian society, a move to the left for those wanting justice, equity, peace and action against climate change – all the things Labor cannot provide. On a more speculative note, I wonder if left-wing trade union leaders have or are contemplating setting up a Left  Labor Party? You’d have to think they might have thought of doing so and that given Labor’s sellouts in Office since 2007 the pressure to do something must have increased. To have your say on these or other issues hit the comments button.



Comment from Walter
Time November 20, 2010 at 9:02 am

A Left Labor party would never work and would be a fringe group like the No Aircraft Noise Party or the like.

We have a left (ish) party – the Australian Greens. They will probably garner about a fifth of the vote over time, which is about what the left of this country represents. Union decline shows what Australians think of socialism and left politics. Face it, we are a mob of middle class people wanting tenure, security and home ownership. No matter what left views we may harbor, who will give up their well paid employment, their home and land, their car, their membership of elite wealthy sporting teams, their dinners out etc?

If you want a left party, support the Greens of join the Albanese or Faulkner faction of the Labor Party, for that is where political power rests and any chance of change.

Comment from Ross
Time November 20, 2010 at 9:40 am

John did you see the student riots in London? I see the core issue of the fractional reserve system of banking being the salient problem.If private banks can own our productivity via the creation of new money in their computers,then we will never be debt free.

We can go back to free education and a society that has far more time for creativity and leisure if we get the banking system off our backs.

Comment from Tristan Ewins
Time November 22, 2010 at 4:21 pm

If you look to countries like Sweden and Holland Left and Green parties attract a significant vote; and often act in tandem to support the mainstream social-democratic parties. Between them they attract the combined vote of those identifying with the new Green Left, and the traditional ‘Red’ Left. It can work in theory; But we need to ask ourselves the hard questions about what strategy delivers the Left the most policy and cultural leverage. My feeling is a number of movements with complementary strategies – working in tandem with each other…. Pehaps re: the ALP Doug Cameron has the right idea; the Left can have leverage in the parliament and ALP – but needs also to have a voice of its own, and an independent cultural presence – lest it effectively demobilise over the long term…

Comment from John
Time November 22, 2010 at 7:07 pm

But hasn’t the labor left demobilised?

Comment from Walter
Time November 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm

At least the Labor Left are pragmatic and understand ‘revolution’ can occur without bloodshed and the dismantling of economic drivers. Pol Pot wanted a socialist revolution, he killed every teacher, academic, doctor etc in the land. That’s hardly a clarion call for Marxist style change. Labor at least is on a path to incremental equity and social justice. The Greens too.

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