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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)



Top ten 2013: Macquarie University cracks down on anti-Abbott T-shirt

This re-post of an article from Red Flag comes in at number six on my top ten most read articles for 2013. It is somewhat ironic given that one of the reasons I resigned from Socialist Alternative is its de-politicisation, represented by F**k Tony Abbott T-shirts. On the other hand the crackdown on people wearing these T-shirts is much more dangerous. Here’s a snippet:

Student activists campaigning for same-sex marriage rights and wearing T-shirts with ‘Fuck Tony Abbott’ printed on them have been told to leave the Macquarie University premises. Security demanded that they shut down their stall and leave because some students had complained that the T-shirts were ‘offensive’ and ‘made them feel unsafe’ according to Lauren Hargreaves, Campus Engagement Development Officer.

Here is the link to the full article.



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Comment from Ross
Time December 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm

They should have on those T shirts, stop Tony Abbott’s ‘Bail in’ plans. This is a plan to give the banks the power to convert our deposits to their shares.Our banks have exposure to $21.5 trillion worth of derivatives and only $3.5 trillion worth of our mortgages as collateral.

The central banks are now ending ‘bail out ‘ policies of quantitative easing. They have been propping up their derivative scams by money printing and now Obama has announced that tapering will now ensue.

They cannot convert their phoney derivatives to real assets unless they bring in ‘bail in’. This is real and is on the APRA site. Kevin Rudd signed off on ‘Bail in’ at the last G20 meeting but is not yet law here in Australia.

Iceland threw the corrupt bankers in jail and now are successfully doing it alone.

Comment from Chris Warren
Time December 30, 2013 at 12:16 pm

The T-shirt slogan does not represent depoliticisation. It is a form of politicisation within a student/campus sub-culture.

I heard similar expressed against John Kerr and Pauline Hanson and against Chris Corrigan and Reith.

The middle class left may not like this, as they drive by on their way to work, but those who suffer injustice have every right to vocalise it in the same terms as they feel their oppression impacts on them.

Words exist – so use them.

Comment from Ana Milosevic
Time December 30, 2013 at 8:01 pm

Message on a T-shirt tells us what many people think of TA.

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