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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)



Occupy Canberra

There were 50 people at the Occupy Canberra protest at City Hill. Energetic, enthusiastic, exciting. After some discussion we marched into Garema Place with a range of placards, chanting ‘human need, not corporate greed’ and got friendly horn bips of support from passing traffic and cheers and claps from people in Civic.  We’ll build over the coming weeks for our next protest.



Comment from Eirlys
Time October 16, 2011 at 7:06 pm

don’t you think you are losing the message by protesting in Canberra, especially if the rumours are true and there was a strong Larouchian interest there?

Comment from John
Time October 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm

Was there? It wasn’t obvious. About 45 people there. Ten socialists from various groups, 5 anarchists, all identified. And I doubt the couple of Aboriginal people there were Larouchians. Nor the other five or so I spoke to. No Larouchians I could see or hear. Sounds like bullshit and misinformation by those opposed to building a movement against inequality and corporate greed. Leaving that aside how is it we are losing the message by protesting in Canberra? It is the best way to get the message out. That is why there is an organising meeting this Tuesday 18 October at 6 pm in the Hayden Allen Building at the ANU to build a bigger stronger Occupy Canberra movement.

Comment from rob
Time October 20, 2011 at 10:52 pm

funny, the number has swelled from the 25-35 people reported on Saturday.

Comment from John
Time October 21, 2011 at 5:28 am

I was there. I counted the number of people at Capitol Hill. Almost 50. Not my problem the Canberra Times can’t get it right. But the point is to build the movement. it may not happen. big deal. I’ll just sit back and watch the movement grow in the rest of the world and see it come to Canberra. This may be a first draft for the future here, especially when the economic crisis engulfs Australia. The first small step is a necessary starter. The naysayers use this to ignore the real message – we are many, they are few. What static thinking. The next Canberra demonstration is 12.30 in Petrie Plaza (near the merry go round) on Saturday 22 October.

Comment from dan the sock puppet
Time October 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

How can you argue that you ‘are many’ when 0.00014% of Canberrans attended your ‘event’?

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