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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)



Rebellion in Tunisia; floods in Queensland – Have your say in Saturday’s Socialist speak out

The rebellion in Tunisia continues. Moderates have welcomed the dictator’s easing of repression and his commitment not to re-contest elections in 2014. It’s not enough. Only his overthrow can begin the next chapter in the Tunisian struggle for jobs and freedom. There was a general strike on Friday. If workers and peasants force Ben Ali from office will they be happy with another government of bourgeois vacillators?

Update 8 am Saturday 15  January Australia. The BBC is reporting that Ben Ali has resigned and may have fled the country.

The report – Tunisia: President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali forced out – says in part:

Tunisia’s President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali has stepped down after 23 years in power, amid widespread protests on the streets of the capital Tunis.

In a televised address, Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi said he would be taking over.

A state of emergency was declared earlier, as rumbling nationwide protests over economic woes snowballed into anti-government demonstrations.

Unconfirmed reports say Mr Ben Ali has left the country.

The revolution may have only begun – in Tunisia and across the region.  Let’s hope Ben Ali’s overthrow is only the beginning and it unleashes forces in Tunisia and North Africa and the Middle East that liberate the toiling masses.

The BBC’s Arab affairs analyst Magdi Abdelhadi says Mr Ben Ali’s demise may rattle the entire post-colonial order in North Africa and the wider Arab world.

I can only hope so. Victory to the workers and peasants across the region – in Algeria, in Egypt, in Saudi Arabia, in Syria for example. The developing revolution in Tunisia shows the way. The liberation of Palestine comes a step closer if the dictators are swept aside and the iron grip of US imperialism shaken loose.

In Queensland the floods have destroyed the lives, homes and/or livelihoods of hundreds of thousands. 16 are dead and 53 are missing. Make the rich pay for the floods. Pay full wages for all workers affected by the floods whether they are working or not. Guarantee jobs now for all those who have lost their jobs because of the floods. Rebuild all workers’ homes destroyed or damaged in the floods at no cost to them.

To have your say on these or other issues or to see what others are saying hit the comments button.

Readers might also like to have a look at Revolution in Tunisia and The Queensland floods, community and profit,  Make the rich pay for the cost of the Queensland floods and Capitalism and the floods in Australia.



Comment from i need a website
Time January 15, 2011 at 6:24 am

That is staggering for impoverished Tunisia. Yea dictators don’t seem to last long! Def interesting how much anger is being thrown the wife’s way

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