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May 2014



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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 May, 2014

Who would you believe – Christopher ‘the Grub’ Pyne or Socialist Alternative?

The 2014 Abbott-Hockey Budget has managed to unite millions against the Young Liberals Student Club currently in government. Socialist Alternative has been active in organising the fight against their bosses’ Budget. That is why they are under attack from the likes of Pyne. Who would you believe? Christopher Pyne or Socialist Alterantive?

From the end of the age of ‘entitlement’ to the beginning of the age of resistance?

The demonstrations and meetings against the Budget over the last week are an encouraging sign. Are we witnessing the end of the age of entitlement and the beginning of the age of resistance? We on the left need to be arguing for and helping rank and file workers and others to organise demonstrations and strikes in the fight against the bosses’ Budget.

Australia’s Budget: the rich get the gravy, the poor get the blame

The anger among workers and others against the Budget is palpable. Waiting 2 years for a new election won’t protect the poor, pensioners, the sick, the disabled, the unemployed and workers. Electing neoliberal Labor certainly won’t.

Strikes can stop Abbott and Hockey now and prevent a possible apocalypse of attacks in a few years. Stop work to stop the bosses’ Budget.

Their violence and our resistance

To fight back against the violence of the system is not assault; it is not violence. It is self-defence. The best self-defence our class has against the bosses’ violent system is to withhold our labour. Stop work to stop the bosses’ budget.

After the marches in May, where to now?

There will be a minority of workers and others who are being forced by the current Budget attacks to understand that if you don’t fight you lose and that striking is the best way to fight. If that is the case then it is our task to talk to that minority and show them by our arguments and activity that our vision for action now and for the future is the way to win the current fight and the ultimate goal, a truly democratic society in which production occurs to satisfy human need.

Stop work to stop the bosses’ Budget.

The real violence is the Abbott government’s Budget

Workers are angry and looking for a lead. Socialist Alternative at the moment is much too small to give the call for action, but our unions are not. The all union members meeting on Tuesday of the Victorian Trades Hall Council has the potential to refocus the anger in the hands of rank and file union members and to mobilise workers as workers against the attacks on them and the poor. That is where the power to beat the Budget lies.

Stop work to stop the bosses’ Budget.

Saturday’s socialist speak out

Let’s put our class interests back on the agenda. Stop work to stop the bosses’ Budget. Together we can win.

It’s not all beer and cigars

‘Let them eat cake’ can’t be too far away.

Sack Tim Wilson, not Graeme Innes

This is Graeme Innes. He is Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner. In last night’s budget the Abbott Government abolished his job. Sack ‘free speech’ Commissar Tim Wilson, not Graeme Innes.

Why is the Australian government targetting the unemployed?

Forcing the unemployed into extreme poverty is an important part of the government’s wage cutting strategy. It is time for our unions to defend the unemployed and their own members. Stop work to stop the bosses’ Budget.