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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)



Tunisia, floods, budget cuts, taxes – Have your say in Saturday’s socialist speak out

The revolution in Tunisia continues. The demands for democracy and food are ringing out across the region. Meanwhile in Australia the dinosaurs of the Labor and Liberal parties condemned the Greens’ leader Senator Bob Brown for making the point that the coal miners, who contribute so much to global warming, should pay for the costs of the floods in Queensland. Australian Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard has spoken of [savage] budget cuts and a flood levy. So Labor wants workers to pay for the floods, floods arising from global warming caused by the bosses’ mad drive for profit. Hit the comments button to have your say or see what others are saying on this or any other topic.



Comment from Magpie
Time January 23, 2011 at 8:18 am

Well, it’s Sunday but this is my contribution (late, sorry):

A few days ago, at The Drum Unleashed, the following piece appeared:

On social capital and inequality

The author stated:

“I don’t think there is anything wrong at all with a rise in income inequality if one assumes that:

“(a) we have equality of opportunity;
“(b) we are committed to combating extreme poverty; and
“(c) we are vigilant in protecting those members of the community who are fundamentally and irreversibly disadvantaged through, say, mental or physical disabilities”.

Well, I beg to differ. Inequality translates into differential access to power.

They say an image is worth a thousand words, so I’ll let the pictures in these two articles make my point:

Resource magnates rally to their protest against tax


(1) Then PM Kevin Rudd was deposed in a Westminster-style legal coup de etat (very civilized, actually).

(2) Twiggy pockets $500 million in a day as Fortescue soars

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