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September 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 September, 2012

Shove Alan Jones in a chaff bag

If you want to know what an Abbott government will be like on economic policy, look at Campbell Newman. If you want to know what it will be like on social policy look at Alan Jones.


Repulsive progressive hypocrisy

A new poll shows deep support among liberals for the very Bush/Cheney policies they once pretended to despise writes Glenn Greenwald in Salon.

Saturdays’ socialist speak out

Let me just say (a bad joke for those in the know) it doesn’t matter who is selling Labor’s shit sandwich, it’s still a shit sandwich and we’re not buying it.

Greece strikes against austerity

The government is visibly rattled. It has to face a vote in parliament on the cuts. All the strikers are expecting that unions will call them out again when that vote is set.

Left Action helps stop Liberals taking Curtin University Guild

Left Action has helped stop the Liberals winning control of the Curtin University Guild. The ticket won President, Education Vice-President, Women’s Officer, Queer Officer, 4 Guild councillors and 3 delegates to the National Union of Students. Left Action look forward to a year of fighting course cuts, PAYG parking and involving students in social justice campaigns.

Can black people be racist?

The idea that black and Asian people can be racist towards white people is wrong. It confuses a reaction to a racist society with racism itself.

Do Australian soldiers want to kill other Australians?

There will be a perfunctory investigation into the Australian soldiers’ facebook page and its threats against Australian Muslims, a bit of tutting about a few rotten apples, maybe even a sacrificial lamb or two and then it will be back to business killing Muslims. The systemic racism of the armed forces will be white washed over.

In Australia Socialist Alliance seeks unity talks with Socialist Alternative

Socialist Alternative has agreed to attend an initial and exploratory discussion about possible collaboration and unity with Socialist Alliance.

Animal Farm belongs to the Left

Orwell was a committed socialist who wrote not to decry revolution, but to warn against its corruption

Capitalism is the cause of inequality

Between $21 and $32 trillion – as much as Japan and America’s GDPs combined – has been stashed in offshore tax havens by the world’s richest 10 million individuals. Just 92,000 of them claim a $9.8 trillion dollar share.