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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)



Of course China is no threat

With all this kerfuffle over Palmer United Party parliamentarians Clive Palmer and Jacqui Lambie making such anti-Chinese comments, I thought it appropriate to add my two bob’s worth.

Of course Chinese imperialism is no threat at all to the declining economic power of US imperialism. That must be why the Australian ruling class has given such a big base at Darwin to the US.

The Chinese might make a song and dance about the remarks of Palmer and Lambie but they know the real threat to their own imperialist expansion is US imperialism and that much of US foreign policy and strategy is about containing China.

The action of governments of both persuasions in Australia in joining the US-led China containment program is more of a worry to the Chinese ruling class than the caterwauling of a few PUPs. So too is Obama and Tony Abbott cosying up to a rearming Japan.

Who should the Chinese ruling class really be worried about? The Chinese working class they have created.

And who should we Australian workers be worried about? The Australian ruling class and its two political parties.

Here is Mark Textor, Tony Abbott adviser, in the Australian Financial Review in 2012 on the threat the right-wing really believes China poses.

Here is how The Canberra Times’ brilliant cartoonist David Pope captured it.




Comment from paul walter
Time August 20, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Thinking on it, I thought he’s right, there is problem for exactly the reasons he suggests, but the problem is neolib globalisation, of which the Chinese are but one component in a larger mechanism playing to the same rules as everyone else, imposed on all by those further up the pecking order even than them.

I think dropping the “Chinese” bit in the presence of Penny Wong was deliberate and tasteless to the point of imbecility.

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