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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)



Archive for June, 2011

O’Farrell – the worst attacks on workers in a generation

The unions have now effectively been locked out of any say in the process of determining wages and conditions, as they have done for the past century. Because union officials mediate between workers and bosses, seeking compromises within the rules, the current position is not one that unions can tolerate. The struggle becomes not just about the wages and conditions of public sector employees, but also about the very survival and relevance of these unions.

Georg Lukacs: philosophy and politics

Lukacs’s three books between 1920 and 1926 summed up his conclusions drawn from the inspiration of the Russian Revolution, the Bolsheviks’ role in that and his own participation in the 1919 Hungarian revolution. He had concluded that workers could, by their own struggles, come to class consciousness just as Marx had argued. They could be more than the mere object of history and become the subject of history.

Eyewitness report on the revolution in Egypt Corey Oakley recently returned from a visit to Egypt where he attended protests, meetings and held discussions with socialists and other activists. He will give an account of the ongoing revolution and the struggles between those who want to take it forward and counter-revolutionary forces. 6.00 pm Thursday […]

The carbon tax: a battle for the future of capitalism?

Capital accumulation is paramount. Indeed it is sacrosanct, and the current level of the debate in Australia and the destruction of Labor’s traditional role of ruling for capital, not capitalists, means that the current capitalist groupings dependent for profit on carbon will not be challenged. There will be no effective systemic solution imposed on the system at the expense of the polluters of profit.

O’Farrell attacks unions and wages: bring Tahrir Square to Sydney

Is there a way to beat O’Farrell’s attacks on union rights and living standards?

Yes. Bring Tahrir Square to Sydney, and in the words of Egyptian blogger and socialist Hossam el-Hamalawy then take ‘Tahrir to the factories, the universities, the workplaces.’

Is socialism utopian?

“Socialism is a great idea, but I can’t see it happening,” is a phrase that socialists regularly hear from people who are appalled by capitalism, but think it’s utopian to believe that another world is possible. But socialism is not an idea that’s been invented by a bunch of intellectuals seeking to impose their wish-list […]

Saturday’s socialist speak out – have your say

What’s on your mind? What got on your goat politically this last week? To have your say or see what others are saying hit the comments button.

Some praise

A comment from an attendee at today’s Justice Connections conference, which I could not attend but to which I had submitted a paper. ‘Justice Kirby commended your article on the failed Mineral Resource Rent Tax/Super Profits Tax, so congratulations.’

Of cats, mincing poodles and women’s oppression

The overthrow of women’s oppression, of sexism and homophobia, won’t be won through Labor. Equal Love and the Slutwalks are but two manifestations of the struggle against systemic oppression and socialists should and do support them.

However ultimately victory over these systemic conditions requires a victory over capitalism. That can only be won through working class struggle.

The children of the revolution?

He baits me about football and soy chai lattes. And my terrible puns. We laugh together.

It is in the everyday we live our lives. This discussion of the banal is the most important part of my life at the moment. It is the liberation, the liberation of love.

For the first time in months I can sleep well, knowing he is safe and our love remains.