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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

Well, the Australian Parliament laid out the racism of our rulers for all to see with its ‘debate’ on refugees and passage of the extension of the Northern Territory intervention for another decade.

The ‘debate’ is really about how to stop refugees. Both sides agree that is th goal. Only the Greens oppose this and argued for welcoming them. Well done.

As to the Northern Territory intervention, again the Greens were the only party to oppose this racist policy.

The talk now for those of us who support refugees and the struggle of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders for dignity (ie for sovereignty and self determination) is to take it to the streets; to demand in our tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands for real and humane changes in policy. And for the Greens, the only mass party opposing racism, the task in my view is to lead this campaign up to and including civil disobedience.

The long slow Great Recession continues its downward march across Europe and the United States and may be spreading into Asia.

But the struggle against neoliberal capitalism continues – from the Arab Spring and the ambiguous (from the point of view of the revolution and its goals) election of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt to Europe and the rise and rise of the left wing party SYRIZA on the back of 17 general strikes.

Barack Obama continues his killing ways. How many died at his hands this week?

So too does his attack dog in the Middle East, Israel. How many Palestinians did it kill this week, in between removing black refugees to make Israel safe for the white man?

In Australia teachers in New South Wales went on strike and will continue action if the Liberal Government’s attacks on them continue. Last week firefighters struck (for five hours with threats of more) for the first time in over 50 years and that Liberal Government backed down straight away.

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