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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)



Defend democracy! Defend Occupy Melbourne!

State terrorists today attacked peaceful protesters in the heart of Melbourne. The cops have taken away hundreds of Occupy Melbourne protesters, according to Amelia Harris and Anne Wright in the Herald Sun tonight.

Socialist Alternative estimates 50 and possibly up to 100 were arrested.

A number of occupiers were injured as the police brutalised the protestors and tried to smash the Occupation. This video captures that brutality.

Apart from the physical damage these police terrorists inflicted on peaceful protestors, all the cops appear to have done is move the demonstration to another part of town and escalate support for the demonstrators.

The protestors re-grouped and blocked traffic in the Centre of town.  The number of supporters swelled.

This is an assault on free speech and the right to protest.

Business asked the Mayor, a former Liberal Party leader, to remove the protesters. He did.

A small part of Melbourne, occupied by those demonstrating against corporate greed and inequality, frightened the capitlaist authorities and so was attacked viciously.

The one percent wanted action and their politicians and cops did the dirty work, beating up protestors and hospitalising at least one.

They have retaken the square from the people and defended private property and the right to make a profit. Corporate greed has shown it real nature – brutality and viciousness personified.

If the choice is between protests and profits the one percent choose profits every time. If it between people and profits, they choose profits every time.

The protesters have called a demonstration for noon at federation Square.

As they say:

Today over 1000 Melbournians bravely defended the right to protest when the police shut down ‘Occupy Melbourne’. Tomorrow we want the mother of all marches! 12pm at Fed Square. Let’s show the 1% that our support goes deeper than they can imagine! We are the 99%.

In Canberra a solidarity rally to support the Occupy Melbourne protesters has been called for 12.30 pm in Petrie Plaza near the merry-go-round.

Al those who believe in free speech and the freedom to protest and want to defend those rights should attend their local Occupy event. And in Melbourne let’s have thousand there to show the one percent that a new movement against their greed and inequality is developing.

We will not go away.

And if unions were to become involved in defending the basic rights they won many many years ago from a reluctant bourgeoisie, a new world is possible.


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