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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)



Hands off our nurses, Baillieu and Gillard!

The Victorian Hospitals’ Industrial Association is considering taking the Victorian nurses’ union to court for contempt over the alleged refusal of nurses to comply with a federal Court order to cease industrial action.

The union’s leaders could be jailed, without trial.

This is an assault not only on nurses but on every single worker in Australia, and our already very restricted right to strike. It is  happening under Gillard Labor’s anti-worker ‘Fair Work’ Act.

The nurses in Victoria have overwhelming public support in their fight for wage justice and defence of nurse/patient ratios. Contempt of court action will only polarise the dispute and harden that support, if it is accompanied by action.

First that must be all nurses walking off the job indefinitely if there is any contempt of court action, let alone jailing.

But because this is a very real and grave threat to all unionists it also means there must be a union wide response. 

Given the milksops of mediocrity who currently run the ACTU and most unions won’t lift a finger, rank and file unionists have to begin agitating in their unions to defend our nurses.

That means both putting pressure on the leadership of our own unions to threaten industrial action to protect the nurses and to begin organising separately from the officials when they sit idly by while this grave threats to unions and unionists unfolds.

The trade union movement has the historic responsibility and opportunity to defend nurses and turn the tide in the one sided 30 year class war of the bosses against us by fighting back and defending the right to strike.

Nurses have to take the first step.

In 1950 Helen Palmer and Doreen Bridges wrote the ballad of 1891 about the shearers’ strike. She finishes of with a justly famous line. It says: ‘When they jail a man for striking it’s a rich man’s country yet. ‘

In today’s words,  when they jail a nurse for striking it’s a rich pig’s country still.

Hands off our nurses, Baillieu and Gillard.

Readers might also like to look at Victory to Victorian nurses and Victorian nurses, Gillard and Rudd: class politics versus crass politics.



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