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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)



Abbott – denying leave to fathers?

Tony Abbott has refused to give a voting pair to Labor MP Craig Thomson to attend the birth of his child.

Next week the Government will introduce its Clean Energy legislative package 0r carbon tax into the Parliament. It has a majority of one in the House.

Abbott’s act of bastardry means that if Thomson goes to be with his partner while she is giving birth, that majority in the House disappears and the vote is 74 all, with the Speaker to cast the deciding vote.  One sick Government backbencher and the Government is gone.

Abbott might lose a lot of female voters because of his actions. Then again people are so fed up with Labor’s neoliberalism that they might have already decided to hold their noses and vote for the little shit anyway. So it may not matter what he does.

But if this is how Abbott treats a parliamentarian wanting leave to attend his child’s birth, what would he do if one of the Labor members was pregnant and about to give birth?

It also gives an insight into what industrial relations will be like under Abbott.  A vote on the carbon tax is nothing compared to the need in most politicians’ minds of business to make ‘decent’ profits.

The tendency of the rate of profit to fall means the bosses have begun baying for workplace flexibility which is code for screwing more unpaid hours out of us, imposing individual contracts which cut out unions, attacking penalty rates, threatening job losses, you name it…

Abbott has responded by promising to introduce more boss friendly workplace relations legislation. That is what Workchoices was about last time. So Abbott is lining us up for Workchoices Mark II.

If this is how Abbott treats a fellow parliamentarian, imagine how he’ll treat Dads across the country wanting to take leave to be with their partners for the birth of their child and eating into the profits of Tony’s mates?

Imagine this uncaring ruthless approach multiplied a million fold in the Liberals’ industrial relations policy.

This heartless cruel man will impose a regime of terror in the workplace to satisfy the great god profit.



Comment from Terrance
Time September 8, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Well said, you nailed that prick perfectly in this piece. Work Choices will be back for sure if Abbott gets in, read Battle Lines – he sets out his anti-worker philosophy in black and while. Actually, don’t read it, it’ll make you sick.

Comment from Ross
Time September 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm

The Gillard carbon tax will be far more devestating to jobs than any of Abbotts’ work place reforms.

Face it John,the global temps have not risen since 2001 and us going it alone on this banksters tax will drive us all into abject poverty.

Comment from Catching up
Time September 10, 2011 at 11:25 am

This weeks turn out of 35,000 workers prove that the Coalition still has the unions and workers rights in their targets.

Comment from John
Time September 10, 2011 at 2:44 pm

Yes. I agree Catching up. Abbott will be O’Farrell Australia wide and more vicious. My fear is that the union leadership will provide some token fightback and then capitulate (to O’Farrell and then Abbott), even though O’Farrell actually threatens the position of some union leaders with his setting of public service wages and removal of arbitration.

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