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November 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 November, 2010

Joe Hockey and tax transparency

Tax transparency should be more than just smoke and mirrors to prepare the way for attacks on social services like pensions, health and education.

Apart from highlighting the real cost of tax subsidies to the rich and business, we could also publish the tax returns of all big businesses.

Now that would be real tax transparency, wouldn’t it Joe?

Marxism 2011: ideas to challenge the system

Marxism 2011 speakers include John Pilger, left-wing journalist and documentary maker speaking about his new film, The War You Don’t See’, Anand Gopal, renowned journalist on the war in Afghanistan, Lars Lih, acclaimed author of Lenin Rediscovered: What Is To Be Done? In Context, Farah Kobaissy, a Lebanese activist from the Leftist Assembly for Change, Shaun Harkin, US socialist, Joe Carolan, New Zealand socialist and central organiser of the militant Unite trade union and Gary Foley, long-term Aboriginal activist and one of the founders of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in the 1970s.

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 […]

Equal pay: Labor is the enemy

Clearly Labor is the enemy of working women. The Gillard Government’s decision to oppose the Australian Services Union test case before Fair Work Australia for equal pay in the community and social services sector on budgetary grounds gives the lie to Labor being the friend of working women. Julia Gillard’s contempt for ordinary women poses the question – […]

Thiess turds

Ban all Thiess and Leighton work. Bring the bastards to their knees. And send a message to all the building bosses that enough is enough. Let the fightback begin today – against Thiess, against the Australian Building and Construction Commission, for safety on site, for big pay increases.

Need for party is not just historical

Lenin insisted that Marxists could not merely wait on events. Only a party that attempted to organise the most class conscious workers could be the instrument of revolution.

It’s the rich what gets the gravy

Instead of just whingeing about executive salaries, ACTU, do something. Lead an industrial campaign to win back what the profit vultures have stripped from us over the last few decades. If a 17 percent pay increase is good enough for the bosses, it is good enough for us too.

Equal love

What’s put equal love on the agenda of the ALP and its ‘pro-family’ leadership and is creating a split within the ALP over the issue? The magnificent demonstrations for same sex marriage built up over the last few years by the courage and commitment of various groups committed to equality, including Equal Love.

Victorian Liberals preference Labor above the Greens

The way to break out of the cycle of hope and disillusion is to build a socialist alternative, an organisation committed to a new society in which the cartels of capital no longer rule.

Profits over people in Haiti

The great powers have renewed their six-year colonial occupation, orchestrated sham elections and laid plans for sweatshop development to exploit the desperate population.