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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)



Possible pollie profiteering – apply the ‘Craig Thomson’ standards to all of them

“Peter Reith gave his government-issued phone card to his son, knowing full well that it was illegal, which was subsequently used to rack up a $50,000 bill. He was not even sacked as a ministerĀ and only begrudgingly paid back the money.” (SMH letters 25/8).

In the last month the Canberra Liberals have repaid $10,000 they ‘had claimed from a government fund set up to help volunteer groups look after the city’s poor and needy through the global financial crisis.’ (Noel Towell ‘Misuse of public funds discovered by accident’ The Canberra Times 24 August.)

This month they ‘were producing invitations to a $950-a-head party fundraiser when they were caught misusing public printing resources last month.’ (Noel Towell ‘Misuse of public funds discovered by accident’ The Canberra Times 24 August.)

Why don’t the ‘Craig Thomson’ standards apply to politicians and their possible misuse of public funds? Ah, of course. There’s one rule for the rich and famous and another rule for the rest of us. Investigate all their suspect dealings.

If you have any further examples of ‘possible pollie profiteering’ post the details in the comments and I’ll add it in if appropriate to the text below.

According to Glenn Milne on the ABC site The Drum on 28 July 2010 in an article called How the taxpayer helped Tony Abbott flog Battlelines:

‘Department of finance documents raise the serious and politically damaging possibility that Abbott used taxpayer money to promote his 2009 book, Battlelines.

‘The revelation follows an investigation by The Drum in which the dates of Abbott’s national book promotion tour have been matched to his travel expenses claims. The dates of his promotional tour were provided by his publisher, Melbourne University Press.’


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