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June 2013



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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 June 29th, 2013

Revolution and counterrevolution in Egypt

June 30 may be remembered as another turning point for the Egyptian Revolution argues Sameh Naguib, a leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt, in a post translated and published in Socialist Worker US. Opponents of President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood will take to the streets on the one-year anniversary of Morsi’s first day in office to call on him to resign.


Saturday’s socialist speak out

Kevin Rudd is again Prime Minister. It is the same policy cart – rule for the rich – just with a different driver. There were no battles over vision, over policy, over the future; just who gave Labor a better chance at the next soon to be held election. Such is Labor’s bankruptcy that the neoliberal approach remains the same.

That bankruptcy is part of Labor’s heart and soul. Its goal is to manage capitalism. This means in the era of permanent global recession but with an Australian economy not yet in recession that Labor’s role is to slowly cut social services, control unions, keep wages in check and continue the shift of wealth from labour to capital. In doing that the ALP lays the groundwork for an Abbott government.