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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)



Abbott government will privatise the air

The Abbott government has decided to privatise the air.

‘This will create the conditions for a much more efficient economy,’ Mr Abbott said. ‘Too much short shallow breathing has upset the natural rhythms of the economy and with air in the hands of private enterprise a thousands flowers will blossom, or not,’ he added.

Mr Abbott said that the privatisation would also contribute to a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions as people slowed and deepened (but not too much) their breathing.

‘This is a win win for Australia,’ Mr Abbott said. ‘It is about environmental benefits, more jobs, less waste.’

‘What could be more natural than us paying Gina Rinehart or Rupert Murdoch for the privilege to breathe free market air?’ the Prime Minister asked.

‘Only socialists and off with the fairies Greenies support free air,’ Mr Abbott said, and added ¬†‘just as there is no such thing as a free lunch, so there is no such thing as free air.’

‘We all have to breath together on this,’ the Treasurer, Joe Hockey said. ‘For too long the ideology of entitlement has blinded us to the reality that free air is a burden on the economy and holding us back. ‘

Not only that but the tens of billions raised would help reduce the budget deficit, an issue Mr Hockey described as ‘the most pressing and potentially dangerous one facing the government and the nation.’

The Reformed Labor Party (No Unions Allowed) is divided over the issue but it is understood, from very reliable sources, that the great majority of Joe Bullocks in caucus support the Abbott government’s move, with one senior Opposition figure describing support for a free market in air as a ‘no brainer.’

‘The support of the Reformed Labor Party (No Unions Allowed) for this move, one we first floated in 1986 as Option D under Hawke and Keating but which the evil unions defeated, is a great move to doubling our membership from 20 to 15,’ ¬†another RLP (NUA) insider said.

‘Well, we are the ones who are delivering on this great initiative,’ Treasurer Joe Hockey said. ¬†‘All the RLP (NUA) ever did was talk about it and go to water when the unions huffed and puffed,’ he added.

‘I make this solemn pledge to you,’ Mr Hockey said. ‘Air will always be cheaper under a Liberal government. ‘

Independent analysis shows the hot air centre in Canberra would contribute the most to the coffers of the air entrepreneurs.



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Comment from Kay
Time April 9, 2014 at 8:45 am

Very amusing! I like the tilt at the DLP – your RLP(NUA) certainly like the original name for the DLP – the ALP (Anti-Communist).

Personally, I think this is just a tad ‘over the top’ – just a tad, mind you.

Comment from Jim Brash
Time April 12, 2014 at 2:49 pm

This post was hilarious. As over the top as it was, it has a basis in capitalist reality. We pay for bottled water. Pay for tap water. We pay for bags of ice. We pay to rid ourselves of dirty water. Pay to separate salt from water(either to get the salt or the unsalted water). Can you imagine there being some puffed up finger pointing overpaid middle manager standing there with an air counter monitoring your family’s daily intake ready to cover your mouth and noise without hesitation.

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