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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)



Cost of Australian Tax Office job cuts outweighs salary savings

Me in today’s Canberra Times letters. Scroll about half way down.



Comment from Lorikeet
Time August 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm

It’s just the latest move by the government to crush the Australian economy and individual living standards as per the dictates of the UN.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time August 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Joe Hockey is deliberately creating a budget emergency. The more workers he fires and the less revenue he collects, the less money will be available to pay the increased number of unemployed people, along with recipients of pensions and other allowances.

The resultant fall in consumer confidence (plus available cash) will place further pressure on employment opportunities.

Joe Hockey will thereby enable his poor excuse for a government to take a machete to the welfare system, while also making life difficult for older superannuants.

The UN’s demands for interest rates to go down and housing prices to fall will also NOT help older people or anyone attempting to save for a deposit on a home.

Comment from John
Time August 25, 2014 at 4:38 pm

The UN? How about the ongoing battle between labour and capital ina period of declining profit rates makes cutting living standards by governments and bosses and important demand, espcailly if unions and workers don’t fight back.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time August 25, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Both Coalition and Labor support capitalists clobbering workers. This supports the superannuation industry and the worldwide redistribution of wealth.

I have to question whether declining profit rates are a reality, when large corporations don’t pay most of their taxes in Australia. Methinks quite a bit of creative accounting is allowed.

When unions and workers try to fight back, the government sides with capitalists.

Yesterday I was looking at the main reasons for low union membership:

Excessive competition for work driven by mechanisation/robotics, manufacturing moving offshore, free trade agreements, importation of foreign workers, parents of young babies being forced out to work; employers firing OH&S staff, union delegates and injured workers.

Some people are predicting a revolution after Australians finally get off their backsides, but I think the result will be the government using armed services personnel and the police to clobber protesters.

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