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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)



Abandon the neoliberal policies and personalities, Labor

There was dancing in the streets of Western Sydney with the news that Julia Gillard was still leader of the ALP and Prime Minister. They cracked open the Grange and wolfed down canapes of salmon when Uncle Rupert let them know.

Of course there would have been the same (non) carousing if Rudd or even Crean or the driver’s dog (why not?) led Labor. The ALP has lost its working class heartland, not because of who leads it but because of its rotten neoliberal policies.

Abandon the neoliberal policies and personalities, Labor. This would also entail abandoning the smokescreens for these, the racism and xenophobia directed against refugees and indigenous Australians.

Readers might also like to look at ‘Can we bring the ideas of Hugo Chavez to Australia?

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Comment from John Turner
Time March 22, 2013 at 9:14 am

The other point worth pushing is the deleterious effect of our freedoms and liberty of the business funded think thanks. They are not independent. They are funded by tax deductible contributions from business so in effect we are subsidizing the debauching of the political system, to the disadvantage of the bottom 60-70% and to the advantage of the very well off.

Comment from Noreen
Time March 22, 2013 at 9:46 am

Couldn’t agree more! Neither Gillard nor Rudd represent true Labor values

Comment from peter williams
Time March 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

Can someone acquaint me with actual examples of these neoliberal policies, and also enlighten me as to the actual form of racism re indigenous australians, and the xenophobia re refugees, allegedly part of the Labor platform/attitudes

Comment from John
Time March 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Peter, a few examples: Workchoices Lite, also known as Fair Work; the carbon price; the restrictions on unions organising; the privatisation program begun by Hawke; the floating of the dollar; the free trade agreements; the Northern Territory Intervention; deaths in custody; cutting the single parenting payment for 100,000 single mothers; participating in wars; the indigenous mortality gap; the gender pay gap (greater now than under Howard in 2004); locking refugees up in concentration camps; the shift in wealth that has occurred from labour to capital under Labor; the increase in poverty from 8% to 12.8% since 1994; the flattening of tax rates; and on and on its goes. The fact that I presume a Labor Party supporter cannot see this says much about the degeneration of Labor.

On the anger with ALP privatisations

And also this arguing voters want the ALP to return to its core values.

Comment from Tom Lyons
Time March 23, 2013 at 10:43 am

Excellent piece, John. I would personally prefer that Bob Carr would lead the ALP.

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