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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)



Labor politicians – capital’s good friend

It should come as no surprise that Jennifer Hewitt, a conservative columnist in the paper of the 1%, should argue that ‘the remaining “true believers” [in the Labor Party] are really more like a left-wing ginger group” and that they are ‘even less representative of the concerns of middle Australia.’ (‘Labor’s first job is to re-connect’ AFR Friday 13 September page 2).

Jennifer should get out more.

First, not every branch of the ALP is breeding Trotskyists (unfortunately). Much of the membership remains right-wing.

Second it is not ALP members who are divorced from the concerns of ordinary Australians – it is Labor politicians.

The majority of the population are well to the left of both of the major parties of neoliberalism. For example an Essential poll in May found that over 60 percent think large businesses, mining companies, and people on high incomes don’t pay enough tax.

Other polls show that similar or even larger majorities think the government isn’t doing enough when it comes to regulating banks, or providing adequate health care, affordable public transport and quality education. A clear majority support same sex marriage.

Further, the idea that dear sweet ‘Albo’ is some sort of dangerous leftie who will unleash socialism on an unsuspecting public is nonsense. Albanese has been up to his armpits in the rotten neoliberal policies of the Rudd and Gillard governments.

Maybe it is time the 1% realised the best ally they have in imposing neoliberalism on a reluctant population and thereby shifting wealth to capital from workers is the Labor Party and what used to be its Left – now no more than a tribal rather than a political affiliation –  together with the supine trade union bureaucracy.



Comment from tony o’brien
Time September 16, 2013 at 8:48 pm

I’ve just come across John Passant. It takes me back to the 60’s Marxists. The simple division between ‘them’ and ‘us’. Back in the good old days when union officials couldn’t become millionaires, when you knew who was slotted into which class – no place for wealthy self-employed tradies then! Those were the days when the apparatchiks of the CPA could, in their dreams, foresee that proletarian revolution which has forever kept disappearing over the red horizon. Mais ou sont les neiges d’antan, M. Passant (or should that be ‘Passee’?)

Tony O’Brien

Comment from John
Time September 16, 2013 at 11:40 pm

Yes, over the red horizon to South America and the Middle East in their complicated, back and forth ways, and who knows, Southern Europe too. The idea of there being more wealthy self employed tradies is by and large a myth. The snows of yesteryear are blowing in the winter of capitalism’s heart. And by the way you have been here before making much the same comments so you haven’t just come across my site.

Comment from tony o’brien
Time September 17, 2013 at 6:53 pm

“The snows of yesteryear are blowing in the winter of capitalism’s heart” – I can’t attribute any real meaning to that poetic sentence. I’m literate in a number of languages, and yet I fail to find anything in it other than a ‘pseudo’ pretentiousness. Villon’s poetry was more apposite. Dream on, John.

Tony O’Brien
Kettering, Tas

Comment from John
Time September 17, 2013 at 8:36 pm

Poor man….

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