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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 December 31st, 2013

Top ten 2013: The Bolivarian process after Chávez

This was one of the two most popular articles on my blog. Here is a snippet explaining where it came from.

The following was drafted by radical left Marea Socialista (Socialist Tide), a tendency within the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) that Chávez led until his death. The statement–which lists Carlos Carcione, Stalin Pérez Borges, Juan García, Zuleika Matamoros, Gonzalo Gómez and Alexander Marín as coauthors–takes stock of the current situation. It can be read in Spanish at full length on the website. It was translated into English by Todd Chretien and is reproduced here from Socialist Worker US in a condensed version.


Sick kids and paying upfront

Top ten 2013: Victoria Police viciously attack student demonstration

This article is one of the reasons I resigned from Socialist Alternative. I defended it from 30 October until 15 December when I found out, at the National Conference of the organisation, that ‘we bullshitted [about the demo] but got away with it.’ I felt betrayed that the organisation would lie to the working class and to its own members.

Here is a link to the the very popular pre- and post-15 December bullshit article Victoria Police viciously attack student demonstration.

Top ten 2013: Wipe the smile off Abbott’s face

The election of the Abbott government in September 2013 marked the logical conclusion of Labor’s six years of neoliberal reign and handover from one neoliberal government to another.

Here is a snippet from an article re-posted from Red Flag which talks about how to wipe the smile from Abbott’s face.