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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)



Damn the Labor Party

The coffin of an unnamed 10-week-old boy, who died when an asylum-seeker boat capsized earlier this month, is loaded into the cargo hold of a plane on Christmas Island. Picture: Colin Murty Source: TheAustralian

I am proud of banners that say F**k Labor.

This expresses the justified anger many have with Labor over its plans to deport asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea. It is part of the Left relating to that section of society disgusted with the ALP’s actions and which is an audience for ideas of not just anger and rage against Labor but understanding why Labor does this.

It relates to that section of society for whom the reality of Labor is becoming clear.

This is the minority filled with justified disgust at Rudd’s actions who want to fight back, who want to vent their anger, including some ALP members.

This is not a question of regret; it is to be celebrated that there is so much widespread anger with Labor.

It is about understanding that Labor’s refugee policy has produced a response among a significant minority in society.

The fact that police ‘arrested’ the banner for its offensive nature shows how our priorities are upside down. The real offensiveness here is Labor’s policy to deport asylum seekers to Papua New Guinea.

The real hope is in the ten thousand people who demonstrated last weekend against Labor’s disgraceful action and who will continue to fight for refugees.


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