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June 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)



Saturday’s socialist speak out

One hundred refugees have drowned off the coast of Australia. Their blood is on the hands of the anti-refugee racists Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott, as Benjamin Solah explains.

Gillard’s carbon tax starts on Sunday week. The sun will still come up and for this year anyway most people will be better off, having been ‘overcompensated’ for the tax. That will erode over time.

But the neoliberal thinking behind the tax – let’s fix a market problem by using the market – won’t work and this neoliberalism that infects Labor in every nook and cranny of its being will kill the Gillard Government.

The tycoons’ fight for media dominance has thrown up all sorts of nonsense. People seem to think that some members of the 1% are better than others. The problem is the 1%.

The current Fairfax owners are as big a threat to real thoroughgoing democracy as Gina Rinehart. Supporting the current Fairfax owners, who are sacking 1900 staff, is like imagining the Generals are better than Mubarak.

The 99% need to fight whichever slime has crawled from the putrid pool of the 1% to take over Fairfax.

The point that comes out of the Occupy movement, the Arab Spring and the rise of Syriza in Greece is that we have nothing in common with the bourgeoisie and must fight them industrially, socially and politically for freedom and food, justice and jobs.

The climate change talkfest of the 1% continued at Rio, and surprise surprise nothing concrete came out of it.  Another failure in 20 years of failures.

I wonder if those many concerned people who think capitalism can address climate change in any meaningful way are beginning to have any doubts about a strategy that relies on the likes of Gina Rinehart and Rupert Murdoch and the rest of the 1% and their politicians, Obama, Cameron, Gillard and Abbott, to save the planet and the capitalist system from 4 degrees warming? 

Maybe the problem is a system based on production for profit and the denial of real democracy?

Firefighters in New South Wales took unprotected industrial action for 5 hours this week and the NSW Parliament as a result excluded them from draconian changes to workers’ compensation. There’s a lesson there for all unionists.

In Greece, the radical reformist group SYRIZA came in second. In Egypt the Generals have engineered a soft coup, dissolving Parliament, and giving themselves all power. They may be about to declare Ahmed Shafiq, their candidate and former Mubarak PM, the winner of the presidential election.

The announcement of the winner has been delayed, suggesting the Generals and the Muslim Brotherhood are talking about how to resolve the dilemma, with the Generals fearful of another revolution being unleashed, and paradoxically the Brotherhood leadership fearing that too, but prepared perhaps to risk it if the Generals stand in their way to power.

The solution? The struggle against austerity in Greece has to continue and intensify. The revolution in Egypt has to reignite and is beginning to do that with tens of thousands flocking to Tahrir Square. Tahrir Square needs to spread to the workplaces.

Julian Assange has sought political asylum in Ecuador after Australia’s Labor Government abandoned him. He is holed up in their London Embassy but even if the Ecuadorian President grants him asylum he will be arrested by the English cops when he leaves the embassy to fly to Ecuador. One solution might be for Ecuador to grant him citizenship and appoint him to its diplomatic staff in London.

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