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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)



Make Universities free

Alexis Vassiley in Red Flag argues for free higher education. Here is a snippet.

In one of its many position papers advocating fee deregulation, the Group of Eight (Go8) universities inadvertently let out of the bag just how affordable free education is.

In “No such thing as a free degree”, it calculated that the total additional funding required to fund free education between 2014 and 2030 is $132.8 billion.

It might sound a lot, but at $8.3 billion a year, it is less than the annual cost of state and federal mining subsidies.

The Go8 argued that free education would require the doubling of international student fees and the halving of total enrolments.

Actually, funding could come from many places: a modest increase to the corporate tax rate, which has plummeted from 49 percent in 1986 to 30 percent today; a reduction in the defence budget, which enjoys real increases every year; or, as flagged above, the abolition of mining subsidies.

You can read the whole article here.



Comment from al loomis
Time December 6, 2014 at 7:07 am

everyone wants their little cut from the public pudding. free higher education for those wanting a higher education, but no concern for anyone else.
i suspect a socialist democracy might establish free education, among other social benefits, but there is little demand for a just society, just a lot of little demands for ‘my piece of the pudding.’

Comment from John
Time December 6, 2014 at 7:14 am

Al, the main beneficiaries of higher education are business. They get more productive workers.

Comment from Peter
Time December 8, 2014 at 9:34 am

Mining subsidies…the mind boggles. We don’t tax their profits yet pay them to make them.
Education and health are the backbones of society. The very idea of making a profit from them is criminal.

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