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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, 2013

Rebuilding Australia’s union movement

As we lurch towards a likely Abbott landslide, it’s worth taking stock of our union movement writes Jerome Small in Socialist Alternative.

The carbon tax – an irrelevant discourse

This is a draft of a paper I wrote in 2011 on the then prospective carbon tax. It has since been published by IBFD. I argued that the compensation package for workers to ameliorate the impact of the carbon tax would prove illusory over time and would make the working class pay for the environmental […]

Saturday’s socialist speak out

As the peoples of the world challenge their neoliberal overlords in country after country these are times of great hope for humanity.

We on the revolutionary Left can dare to dream.

CEOs sleeping out won’t address homelessness

The Vinnies CEO sleepout won’t address homelessness. What it will do is reinforce the system and the people who sit at the very top of the tree of the rich. CEOs are part of the problem; they are not a solution to homelessness. Only in a world without CEOs will there be a world without the homelessness that they and their system create.

Asylum seeker facts

1. Legal 2. Genuine 3. Innocent 4. Few 5. No Queue

For Indigenous Australians it’s a new stolen generation

The Northern Territory Intervention and its offshoots and the removal of children are fundamentally about breaking community connections, breaking ownership over traditional lands and breaking the resistance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people writes John Lamb in Socialist Alternative. They are little more than dressed-up old style colonial racism.

Universities: if you don’t fight you lose

As the BLF used to say: ‘If you don’t fight, you lose.’ The stark choice facing students and staff at Universities today is to fight to defend higher education or to surrender.

Fighting back in Brazil: some background

Sean Purdy, a member of the Party of Socialism and Freedom (PSOL) and activist in the Free Fare movement in São Paulo, gives some background in Socialist Worker US to the escalating events in Brazil. Although written only a few days ago the mass demonstrations of hundreds of thousands across Brazil against neoliberal capitalism that have broken out occurred after this was written.

Brazil is on fire too!

Happening NOW! More than 100,000 Brazilians hit the streets in eight major cities protesting against transport fare rises, political corruption, and poverty.

Syria or elsewhere, there are no pure revolutions, just revolutions…

The role of the revolutionary is to be on the side and struggle with these popular organizations struggling for freedom and dignity and to radicalize as much as possible the popular movement towards progressive objectives, while fighting against opportunists and reactionary forces opposing popular class interests.

A banner in Homs expressed very well this feeling: The revolution is permanent against the regime and the cheap lackey opposition.