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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)



Are you or have you ever been a member of Socialist Alternative?

At Monash University the Clubs and Societies’ executive has deregistered the Socialist Alternative Club as a consequence of its support for Palestine. A special general meeting of all Clubs and Societies will determine next week whether to support the deregistration or overturn it.

At the Australian National University claims earlier this year by Australasian Union of Jewish Students of anti-Semitic attacks by members of Socialist Alternative were dismissed for lack of evidence.

At Macquarie University security censored Socialist Alternative’s juvenile F**k Tony Abbot T-shirts.

At Sydney University demonstrators including Socialist Alternative members were accused of assaulting Foreign Minister Julie Bishop. One student was suspended. No criminal charges have ever been laid.

At Deakin University Socialist Alternative member Ryan Higginson is under threat of expulsion for a poster showing how student representatives voted on a motion to condemn the genocide in Gaza. The complainant has legal support from a firm closely associated with Zionist organisations. Ryan has been denied legal representation or time to organise his defence against ten pages of seemingly spurious claims.

At the University of Western Australia, the Socialist Alternative club is fighting deregistration following false claims orchestrated by student Zionists.

In Brisbane women on a Socialist Alternative bookstall on one campus have  been assaulted by a rightwinger shouting anti-capitalist slogans on more than one occasion. At Sydney University there is evidence of a Liberal assaulting demonstrators outside a university Senate meeting.

Anyone else notice a pattern here? One of the major organisations on campus that defends Palestine and Palestinians is under concerted attack at Universities across Australia. This is an attempt to silence one of the main organisations in the fight against Chrsitopher Pyne’s attacks on higher education.

Egged on by Education Minister Christopher Pyne, who in The Australian last week urged university administrations to ingnore free speech considerations in attacking the organisation, and supported by powerful Zionist forces, there will be more unsubstantiated claims made against Socialist Alternative.

Can the House UnAustralian Activites Committee, perhaps under the leadership of Senator Joe McCarthy, be too far away? Team Australia demands it.

First they came for Socialist Alternative …

We on the left must defend Socialist Alternative, its right to free speech and to organise.



Comment from Lorikeet
Time September 10, 2014 at 4:01 am

In 1992, I was one of a group of people who were instrumental in having a destructive cult lose their meeting room on the campus of UQ here in Brisbane. Their leader (who was not a student) was also banned from the campus. At the time, UQ had a very liberal attitude to what went on. In this instance, the group was interfering with the liberty of students, “shepherding” them on the campus and turning up uninvited on students’ doorsteps at times such as 6.00 a.m. or in the evening. My then husband had already thrown one guy out of our son’s abode twice in the one evening, even throwing him over the fence.

I wrote to the Registrar and told him if I had to deal with this problem myself, I would be coming onto the campus, and I would not be coming alone.

This made the Registrar very angry, but he then had to interview some of the students. A member of the Chaplaincy Centre contacted other parents of students and asked for their support in order to remove this menace from students’ lives.

I guess it is a much easier task for a Prime Minister to get rid of political opponents from a university than it is for parents to protect students from overzealous religious harassers.

Comment from Fred
Time September 10, 2014 at 8:15 am

Actually, first they came for Andrew Bolt and Socialist Alliance cheered along.

Interesting that you say no one was charged for assaulting Julie Bishop, yet you fail to say if anyone was charged for assaulting Brisbane women at a bookstall.

Comment from John
Time September 10, 2014 at 10:49 am

Not yet because they don’t know who he is although they have a photo of him. The liberal in Sydney has been named. I have reported death threats against me, including abuse from a Victoria police site. No action. I plan to write about this. The cops don’t defend the left. But the fact no one from the Left was charged with ‘assault’ of Bishop shows I think how weak the case is. far better to just bad mouth the students with vague allegations than actually bring real assault charges against them which fall over because of a lack of evidence. That would expose the political bias of the cops.

Comment from anon
Time September 15, 2014 at 8:26 pm

Why should anyone on the left defend them? It isn’t even a situation of ‘them first, us next’. While my organisation is being probed by ASIO and trying to organise a decent proletarian organisation where we treat people with respect(the kind of world we’d like to see), the SAlt babies are having a cry because their day-to-day bullying and harassment on campus has finally caught up with them. Although its clear its only for their political enemies to make gains, that doesnt mean they are worthy of defence.

Comment from John
Time September 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Wow. Reactionary nonsense from anon – too gutless to give us their name or their organisation. Sounds like the usual bullshit from the right of unspecified allegations against one of the main groups on campus fighting against higher education cuts and for Palestine. Anon – doing Pyne’s work.

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