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October 2011



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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 organising meeting

There will be an organising meeting this Tuesday 18 October at 6 pm in the Hayden-Allen Building at the ANU to help build a bigger stronger Occupy Canberra movement.



Comment from Wendy
Time October 18, 2011 at 4:45 pm

You’ve just woken up to this? And you missed a few too – that’s when we use a different laptop.

Now, let’s get a few facts straight John P.

1. You know me/us/we.

2. You have never been to South Africa, visited your ‘brothers’ in Zimbabwe, travelled to Libya, Egypt, Gaza, the West bank, Syria, Israel or Iran … yet you claim to be some expert on these countries. This annoys us as we have been to these countries and more and your second-hand internet googleing is no substitute for reality.

3. You get all self righteous and thin skinned when criticised, yet bandy about terms like ‘zionist’, ‘genocide’ and ‘fascist’ at everyone who disagrees with you. It is irksome that you are so quick to denigrate and belittle yet when challenged you revert to type – an angry, frustrated and ignored man with unaddressed temperament issues.

4. You are a middle-class tenured academic in a sleepy hollow university yet pretend to be some working-class warrior. We get miffed by your laziness and/or fear of travelling to the places where real workers fight real battles. You are a chocolate soldier and your claims of solidarity and support are rather silly when you’ve never actually left your comfort zone to confront war, terrorism, violence and a police state.

5. You call our government ‘mass murderers’ and killers, yet happily bank your pay check and accept money from the same state you attack. We call this hypocrisy. Go work for a non-state organisation if you believe this; but it makes you duplicitous and mendacious to label the state as terrorists and then take their money.

6. You are no more ‘socialist’ than Cory Bernardi is. You wear clothing made in sweatshops in Asia, send text messages using technology invented by Zionists, use a computer with components invented in Israel and then stand outside some poor sap’s chocolate shop pretending your Che Guevara and abusing innocent workers. We think this is a joke, but apparently not. We invite you to travel to Gaza … or is actually leaving Kambah all too much and you’d rather just rant and rave than see the world for yourself.

7. Your website is read by about 15 people and you are so desperate for comments than you don’t realise how many of them are from the same person.

8. You are, in many ways, a fraud. You lecture on taxation and the economy yet hide behind accusations of greed and class and the proletariat. You are not a worker. Your hands are soft and you are complacent and middle class. You support multimillionaire football teams whose players are paid hundreds of thousands of dollars yet pretend this doesn’t conflict with your ‘working class socialist alternative’. Is not watching Channel 9 a conflict in itself.

9. You advertise and promote banks and capitalism on your website. How is this not a conflict of interest? Apparently the ANZ is worthy of your endorsement, but banks are also evil. Answer that and stay fashionable. If you hate the banks, don’t promote them.

10. You smell. Sorry, but it’s true.


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