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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

Witches, bitches and fascistas

As humanity faces possible destruction because of climate change, as the free marketeers cling grimly and absurdly to their non-solutions, as the middle class begins to chaff further and further at its decline, as disaffected workers look to the right for answers, the need for an alternative voice, a voice of revolution and socialism and human liberation, has never been greater.

Suffer the little children

At the same time these barbarians of empire were crying their crocodile tears for Libyan civilians Israeli bombs were killing Palestinian kids and Obama’s drones were murdering innocent people in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Making the revolution permanent

A month after the fall of dictator Hosni Mubarak, the massive movement that showed its power by overthrowing him faces new challenges, as the ruling class and its imperialist allies attempt to save the system that Mubarak presided over. Ashraf Omar, a member of Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists, writes on the struggle ahead for the organisation’s newspaper:

The Greens, electric vehicle networks in Canberra and Palestine

In the warped world view of the Canberra Greens building an environmentally friendly EV network on the bones of the Palestinians is somehow ethical.

I look forward to the Greens leading a boycott against Better Place in Canberra.

Or are the Greens hypocrites where environmental concerns trump ethical investments every time?

Beware of Gillards bearing gifts

Julia Gillard has floated the idea of using some of the carbon tax revenue to increase pensions and cut taxes to offset the impact of the carbon tax. Beware.

Libya: the invasion has begun

The victory of the Libyan revolution now, I believe, depends on the deepening of the revolutions in the region, in Egypt and Tunisia in particular, to defeat the dictatorships still in power there and the American imperialism which supports and profits from them.

Music soothes …

I need some relaxing music to break the work/politics hyper mode I am currently trapped in. Think I’ll buy Rise Against’s new album. That should do it, eh? And tomorrow look at the Productivity Commission’s recommendations on aged care in Australia and the tax reform/carbon tax issue that is developing after Garnaut’s call for the carbon […]

‘No-fly zone’ is no way to free Libya

The only route to justice for people across the Middle East, North Africa and the world is to throw off the shackles of imperialism and fight as a class—as ordinary people—against the rulers of all countries who seek to oppress and exploit the masses.

No to intervention in Libya! Victory to the Arab revolutions!

The only effective way to remove Gaddafi and to break the Libyan military in the interests of workers and the masses is the development of the process of revolution across the Arab world – in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere. That is not an abstract idea. The glorious movements that tore down Ben Ali and Mubarak have continued to demand further political and social change. This is the hope for the region and the world.


The decision to attack Libya and impose regime change – for that is what the
UN resolution means – may have been authorised by the Security Council. But
it was instigated by the despots of the Arab League, desperate to secure deeper
western involvement in the region to save them from their own peoples. And it
will be implemented by the same powers which have wreaked such mayhem
throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds over the last ten years and longer.