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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)



The ruling class haven’t lost their bottle

Barry O’Farrell, an apparatchik of capital in  New South Wales, has resigned over receiving a ‘gift’ of a 1959 Grange Hermitage, a $3000 bottle of wine. In common it seems with much of the Liberal Party O’Farrell pleaded lack of memory. He had no recollection of receiving the ‘gift’. His loving thank you note to the Australian Water Holdings’ donor gives the lie to not receiving it.

Perhaps Barry put the red under the bed?

His resignation is not some great victory for the left or the working class.

O’Farrell is not the lone granger. There will be a queue of apparatchiks lining up to take his place as Premier of New South Wales to attack workers and the poor. They will still be cutting workers’ compensation payouts, trying to evict the public housing tenants from Millers Point, attacking TAFE, closing down firestations and slashing funding for public hospitals, schools and transport.

The real corruption is the exploitation of workers, the extraction of surplus value from workers. As profit rates fall because of the way capitalism is organised whoever is running the capitalist state will attack workers and social services to restore those rates.

The ruling class haven’t lost their bottle. Either should we. Instead of whining, strike to stop their class war on workers, retired workers and the poor.





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Comment from Carmen
Time April 16, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Until people are driven to the edge of despair striking efficiently will not happen. People are still cocooned in a bubble of expectation of security, nobody really e berciante to believe That are being used And exploited. It is easier to believe that “things are not that bad”. Like victims of domestic abuse we protect the abuser instead of ourselves first. Why?? Because facing The truth is harder sometimes than accepting that we are living as prisoners of a relationship or system that is designed or constructed to enslave us and make our actions the fault not those Of The perpetrator.

Comment from Jim Brash
Time April 17, 2014 at 2:01 am

The same goes for the ruling class here in the US and their mouthpieces.

Comment from Chris Warren
Time April 18, 2014 at 3:40 pm

Worker: Sir, Sir, the poor have no water to drink;

Boss: let them drink Grange.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time April 19, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Perhaps Barry O’Farrell has done something much worse, such as not obeying his global masters.

I have seen a television report that the IMF is supporting the crushing of Australian pensioners by the federal government. They are certain to also be putting the thumb screws on the NSW government.

I liked what Tony Sheldon from the Transport Workers’ Union had to say at the National Press Club. Too bad he doesn’t understand that the ALP couldn’t care less about workers. Or is he just pretending?

Australians and New South Welshmen should only vote for parties which have an interest in withdrawing from global agreements which sell us out as nation. That would fix quite a number of issues.

Comment from Ross
Time April 21, 2014 at 5:57 pm

Well said Lorrikeet. There must be more to this than bottle of wine. Mike Baird his replacement is an ex-banker. This is all about theft of public assets by greedy corporations. John, why are you no longer on the OLO Blogs section?

Comment from John
Time April 21, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Re OLO Blogs section, I thought I was. I am sometimes nominated there as the read of the day.

Comment from Ross
Time April 22, 2014 at 7:16 am

The last article of yours John I saw on OLO Blogs was dated 4th Feb. Now the whole site is down.

Comment from Kay
Time April 22, 2014 at 7:25 am


I understand Mike Baird is also a devoted Christian, a keen surfer, and a patrolling member of Queenscliff Surf Lifesaving Club – exactly the same as Tony Abbott.

Can you see some conspiracy related to that connection too? Perhaps your like-minded conspiracy-theory blog friend, Lorikeet, can come up with some connection between these strong links and the “global masters”? There’s bound to be some conspiracy associated with the UN and its nation-destroying global agreements – agreements which primarily protect the rights of oppressed and exploited peoples around the world.

Comment from John
Time April 22, 2014 at 7:46 am

Good point Kay.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time April 22, 2014 at 9:23 am

The term “conspiracy theory” is increasingly being used to silence logical thinkers who can see the big picture. It flowed very quickly from the tongue of my state MP here in Queensland, as soon as I said our public hospitals were about to be privatised.

I would argue that Tony Abbott is not a devoted Christian. That would require him to put the poor ahead of the rich, and set aside his outrageously expensive Paid Parental Leave scheme.

He once said this on national television:

“Jesus would never have led the Liberal Party,” and then he laughed. Those are not the words of a Christian.

The international agreements do not protect the rights of oppressed and exploited peoples. They have actually led to the exploitation of the poor by money hungry globals, and the government’s ongoing and proposed attacks on Centrelink clients in our own nation.

If some people would stop using name-calling techniques (which are not valid debating points) and do some real thinking instead, the penny might eventually drop.

Ross is not my “blog friend” but he seems to be more on the ball than rusted-on Coalition voters.

Comment from Kay
Time April 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm


I would argue that very few “Christians” actually follow the teachings of Jesus! Definitely not the Christian churches! There are a lot of hypocrites around!

It is my personal experience that self-confessed atheists are more likely to be honest than so-called devout Christians – after all, Christians can always pray to ‘God’ for forgiveness! Atheists like me have to live with their consciences.

If you look at the list of UN agreements/covenants you will see the focus on protecting the rights of oppressed and exploited people throughout the world.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time April 23, 2014 at 7:07 pm

Kay, I would suggest reading a lot of the UN agreements and thinking about the way they work together on an interactive basis.

I think there have been far more problems in our own nation since the move away from church attendance. To give just one example, in my experience as a counsellor, all of the victims of paedophilia cited non-church abusers such as family, friends and neighbours.

I think Christian churches have always taught people to use their consciences to control anti-social behaviours. Conversely Atheism is a belief system that often pushes unconscionable ideologies.

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