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January 2012



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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)



Archive for January, 2012

It is right to be angry; it is right to protest – land rights now!

These are the sort of protests that should greet Gillard and Abbott wherever they go. It shows you how divorced from ordinary people Gillard and her Labor Party are that instead of coming out and talking to the protesters, she got her hired goons to attack them. I guess when you don’t have any case to make for having bettered Aboriginal lives then you need to use force rather than reason.

Australia Day celebrates racism and genocide

Australia Day perpetuates the country’s ‘founding’ racist myths and is part of the system that enslaves our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander brothers and sisters and as a consequence, all of us here. In the spirit of true reconciliation let’s abolish this celebration of genocide. Let’s instead celebrate the 65000 years of indigenous history and stewardship of this land. Recognise aboriginal sovereignty, negotiate a treaty and pay the rent. It is time to fight for justice.

‘Aliens in their own land’

A major protest has been called for Thursday 26 January in Canberra to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the Tent Embassy and to continue the ongoing struggle for Aboriginal rights. There is still plenty more to fight for with both Liberal and Labor governments relentlessly continuing their racist assault on Aboriginal people, graphically illustrated by the appalling Northern Territory intervention.

Short break

I will be taking a short break and resuming I hope in a few days or so. My posts will be intermittent and mostly I suspect they will be re-postings from Socialist Alternative.

Of pokies and porkies

Maybe it is time the Greens threatened to join Wilkie unless Labor begins to seriously address issues like refugees, gay marriage, Australia’s participation in the war in Afghanistan, the wealth shift to the rich, jobs and the need for real action on climate change, such as taking over the car plants to produce buses, solar farms and wind turbines. They won’t.

The task to win progressive reform is too important to be left to politicians. Only pressure from below – mass campaigns and strikes – can force the paid popinjays of profit to implement a program that benefits the 99%, not the 1%.

The spectre haunting Australia – unemployment

A spectre is haunting Australia; the spectre of unemployment. Because this is a crisis of profitability in the developed countries, pussyfooting around and kowtowing to capital won’t work. In the words of the BLF: If you don’t fight, you lose.The time to fight unemployment is now, not when it hits six or seven or eight percent. A 30 hour week without loss of pay would be a start.

Turn back the bigots – a reprise

The very act of socialising production creates the class capable of destroying borders and allowing labour to flow around the world as freely as capital does today. The disgusting treatment of refugees under Labor and the Liberals won’t change unless there is a major shift to the left in Australian politics. That can only come about through mass struggles from below over wages, jobs and conditions. This then opens the space for political developments like support for refugees, an end to war and for the democratisation of society.

Saturday’s socialist speak out

And what does Gillard Labor do in light of worsening unemployment? Reaffirm its commitment to a Budget surplus. Not to jobs, but to a budget surplus. Whom the gods wish to destroy they first make mad.

Google, move to the Cayman Islands

Wikipedia closed down for a day to protest proposed US legislation – SOPA and PIPA – aimed at stopping the free flow of information on the internet and making them and other sites like Google liable for what their users do.  Why don’t they move their business to the Cayman Islands? After all, if it is […]

Australia’s refugee shame

The Australian government is a human rights abuser. It presides over a refugee policy that condemns around 5,000 asylum seekers to rot in Australia’s ever-expanding immigration detention system.