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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)



Australia’s Prime Minister is dog-whistling to racists to physically attack women who wear burqas

Australia’s Prime Minister is dog-whistling to racists to physically attack women who wear burqas.

By his terror hysteria and war propaganda Abbott has unleashed a wave of violence against Muslims, especially Muslim women, and has not said let alone done one thing to protect them. By him joining the ban the burqa brigade (nudge nudge wink wink) he is deliberately inflaming tensions even more.



Comment from Fred
Time October 1, 2014 at 7:59 pm

In Canberra there is a memorial to Ataturk. A man who banned the burka the veil and all other Muslim clothing.
How can Canberra honour such an Islamaphobe?
This memorial should be torn down.

Comment from Kay
Time October 2, 2014 at 7:28 am


Ataturk was a great man – responsible for dragging Turkey into the modern era, and separating religion from State affairs. Ataturk is widely revered in Turkey – as he should be! He was a truly modern leader.

So you prefer to honour those who use Islam to keep their followers in the Dark Ages? To keep women in a subservient position? The burqa is a very confronting attire, and certainly cannot be worn in places where it is essential from a legal or security point of view for the wearer to positively identify herself. If women choose to wear a burqa, they should understand that they may be required to identify themselves on occasion – or be prevented from access/a service. I know there are many situations in life where I am required to produce a driver’s license or passport before I can access certain services – like withdrawing large amounts from my bank account – not to mention when I travel overseas. The photo ID is always checked against my face. Access to the US requires a full set of fingerprints, and a biometric comparison between your face and the photo in your passport. Burqa or no burqa – the application of the law should be the same across all sections of our community.

There is at least one occasion in Australia where the burqa has been worn by a man during a criminal activity, and another situation where a criminal charge was avoided because the burqa prevented positive identification of the perpetrator.

Comment from Kay
Time October 2, 2014 at 7:30 am


You do write some rubbish! You seize on anything, no matter how benign, to try to demonise Tony Abbott. Your excesses just serve to nullify whatever reasonable criticisms you may raise.

Comment from peter piper
Time October 2, 2014 at 1:52 pm

agree with Kay, you always lose any potential credibility by your ridiculous (and delusional) rants. The only violence against muslim women is from muslims!
‘honour killings’ ‘stoning’ ‘genital mutilation’ and ‘forced head dress’

Comment from John
Time October 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm

Neither ridiculous nor delusional. Attacks on Muslim women in Australia have increased markedly since Abbott began his fear and hysteria campaign.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time October 3, 2014 at 4:15 am

I agree with getting rid of the Burqa as:

1. It is a symbol of male domination.

2. It causes women to suffer racial and religious attacks by the general public.

3. Iit conceals a woman’s identity.

4. My friend has to take off his helmet when he goes into shopping centres, government buildings and banks. The same set of rules should apply to any other head covering which conceals the face or the hair. This would include the burqa, hijab and other Muslim garb.

5. The over-covering of the body should have the same rules applied to it as the opposite extreme: public nudity.

6. The burqa stands out as being anti-Australian and divisive.

Tony Abbott’s budgie smugglers may be brief, but they don’t conceal his identity, contravene any laws or completely reveal his bits.

Comment from Kay
Time October 4, 2014 at 5:50 am


I don’t like the burqa (or naqib) either, but I believe women should have the freedom in this country to wear what they like. Are they being pressured by family to wear this sort of attire? Who knows. But that is their business. There are ways that women can remove their veil to identify themselves positively when this is required for legal or security reasons – for example, in the presence of another woman. I just balance my likes/dislikes against a practice that does not really cause problems in the community, and represents another woman’s freedom of expression. No contest really. So, don’t ban the burqa.

As for the hajib – I find it quite attractive, and on my ‘bad hair’ days, I think it must have certain advantages for women.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time October 8, 2014 at 8:04 am

I think most people I know agree with the following:

If a man expects his wife to wear a burqa, he should set an example by wearing one himself.

Most Muslim men wear ordinary western dress.

Extending upon Kay’s idea that women should have the freedom to wear what they like, what if they want to wear nothing at all? Is that okay as well?

Has anyone ever seen a Muslim woman trying to eat a hamburger? She has to lift up this black serviette type cloth that is covering her face every time she wants to take a bite. Meanwhile her husband and kids easily eat theirs, while wearing casual Australian attire.

A woman wearing a burqa in a shop can also easily conceal stolen items.

Burqa wearing women have no verbal freedom of expression. They have to shut up and do as they’re told by men. They are also forced to “shop in packs” to further limit their personal freedoms and choices.

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