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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)



Me in today’s Illawarra Mercury on the rally against University cuts and fee de-regulation at Wollongong University

Me in today’s Illawarra Mercury. [Dumb headline in the online version. The print version just says students rally over uni costs.]

Organiser John Passant, a casual tutor in the school of Humanities and Social Inquiry, told the rally university degrees should be free.

“If it’s the community and business that are getting those benefits of higher education, maybe it’s business that should be paying for higher education and not students,” he said.



Comment from Lorikeet
Time October 18, 2014 at 8:08 am

Once again, I agree that the Abbott government has a primary agenda to lock the poor out of education and rip everyone else off. People should not be educated for jobs that do not exist. I believe it is incumbent upon the government to ensure there are sufficient employment opportunities for graduates by resurrecting manufacturing industries and ceasing to import migrants who would take Australian graduates’ jobs.

Comment from Kay
Time October 18, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Of course it is beneficial for Australia as a whole to have a well educated workforce.

But graduates have improved access to well paid jobs and promotions. So why is it a problem to expect these higher paid workers to pay off the balance of their educational costs? After all, their fees have already been subsidised to a fair extent by both graduate and non-graduate workers. Individual graduates benefit more than their bosses from their educational opportunities.

Comment from John
Time October 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Because they create more profit for business. Business should pay. And they pay more taxes. Their wage is only on average about 35% higher and we can recoup the investment from them trough the tax system and from those who really benefit – the bosses. Of course if you want user pays then it becomes a system for the rich, and why not apply that to health care too? Both health and education work so so well in the US, the model this government has in mind. Education is a right, not a commodity. So too health care.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time October 21, 2014 at 10:01 am

If the truth is known, under the current system, far more students receive a tertiary education than there are jobs available.

Only a couple of months ago, Senator John Madigan (Independent, ex-DLP) got up in the parliament and questioned why the government keeps bringing in 457 visa holders to do accountants’ jobs, when we have unemployed Australian graduates. The reply he got was evasive and lacking in truth.

The UN cannot send the western nations backwards unless the government leaves our people without work and crucifies Australians in every possible way, ideologies supported by both of the major parties.

The Coalition wants to turn tertiary education into a money making machine, causing students to rack up debt through government loans. This empties government coffers and puts more money into the hands of capitalists, especially when the debt cannot be repaid due to prolonged unemployment. I have known for many years that both of the major parties wish to fully privatise Education, Health & The Arts. All I needed to do was examine where money hungry capitalists were putting “donations”.

I heard today that Gough Whitlam had died at age 98. Although I respected his plan to help poorer students to gain a tertiary education, I think the plan went too far. As a result, we have too many less bright, poorly educated students gaining university degrees. This has also been partly created by a windback of quality curricula and behaviour management systems, combined with a plethora of serious social issues, many of which have been largely created by Labor in conjunction with social engineers.