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March 2011



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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 March, 2011

Welfare meets Workchoices

It is workers who can stop the neoliberal Workchoices style attacks of Labor and the Liberals on the unemployed and the disabled and in doing that defend their own living standards.


Citizens against Tax Avoiders

I wonder if we could set up an activist group in Australia targeting the big business tax avoiders or those big businesses which pay little or no tax. A bit like Uncut in the UK is targeting the tax avoiders/low tax paying big businesses there. The miners, News Ltd Australia, PBL, Texas Pacific Group, the banks […]

Capitalism, imperialism, and the threat of nuclear power

Capitalism, imperialism, and the threat of nuclear power Thursday 31 March  6.00 pm Room G052 Haydon Allen Building Australian National University Canberra Socialist Alternative

Why nuclear is not safe

They tell us nuclear energy is safe. It obviously is not. The entire filthy industry is dangerous to its core and should be shut down – from the uranium mines to power plants. There is no way nuclear power could ever be safe. Fukushima is only the most recent example of the industry’s history of destruction.

Resource rents and company tax rates: tax big business

Almost half of all big business pays no income tax and those that do mostly pay much less than the notional 30 percent headline rate. Tax business and the rich.

Israel, the Greens and Marrickville

For Bob Brown BDS and Marrickville present a three fold opportunity. Brown can continue his campaign against BDS more openly; he can criticise and undermine the more left wing Greens in New South Wales and he can mask voter disquiet about the carbon tax with a more self-serving veil.

Labor in New South Wales – terminal or just resting?

The way to beat the Liberals is not to wait 4 years for an unlikely Labor Party election win. It is to organise in the workplaces and to build a party of socialists with clear ideas to help the working class defeat the conservatives of either the Labor or Liberal variety.

Government loyalists attack rebel forces – in London

Unconfirmed reports are circulating that forces loyal to Cameron are attacking rebels in Trafalgar square.

Why is the U.S. afraid of Malalai Joya?

The denial of a visa for Malalai Joya was meant to prevent her views from being heard. Hers is a case of what the American Civil Liberties Union calls “ideological exclusion,” the prevention of perspectives that are critical of the U.S. government, from reaching audiences in the U.S. The reality–that crimes against humanity are part of the daily practices of U.S. imperialism–is exactly what the U.S. government is afraid of people learning domestically.

Free speech, army racism, Libya, the carbon tax – have your say in Saturday’s socialist speak out

I am thinking about banning Zionist trolls on my website who offer nothing but name calling and nonsense. Should I? I see the hired killers of the Australian capitalist state in Afghanistan are racists. Surprise surprise. And the response of the Government and army? Just a few bad apples. Seriously? What do you expect when you train young men […]