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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)



Invasion Day


Van T Rudd 2015.



Comment from Ross
Time January 25, 2015 at 6:51 pm

The other side of the coin is that the Vikings invaded Britain and so did the Romans.

Aboriginal Tribes fought and killed each other for territory and food. The British should have known better because they had total superiority in both weapons and knowledge.

It has always been thus throughout history and so the Native people of this country must move forward rather than being eternal victims incapable of moving beyond their present enslavement of noble white good intentions. We have enslaved Aborigines with money without effort.

Comment from Chris Warren
Time January 26, 2015 at 2:19 pm

The British did not have superiority in weapons and knowledge. 200 or less Brown Bess musquets were not able to defend against a massed attack from hundreds of natives.

The British had to deploy smallpox. It now appears that this is the real reason the early settlement survived.

The balance of power changed only when the british increased their numbers and started using percussion caps and rifles, plus various types of poison.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time January 27, 2015 at 3:08 pm

I think all Australians should put past animosities behind them and move forward. Continued divisive manoeuvres don’t help anyone.

Comment from Chris Warren
Time January 28, 2015 at 2:13 pm

Past animosities are always behind. However there are modern day animosities that need to be addressed.

These cannot be addressed fairly unless the past is also understood accurately.

If you cannot understand the past – you cannot serve the present or prepare for the future.

Comment from John
Time January 28, 2015 at 3:28 pm

Exactly Chris. Well said.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time January 31, 2015 at 7:14 am

After having direct contact with people who consider themselves to be part of the aboriginal community despite being almost totally white, I find it is unhelpful in the 21st century for people to still be arguing over ownership of the country and invasion issues.

Many people who are largely white just want to access the extra services and benefits available to the aboriginal community, while living an ordinary Australian lifestyle.

I am also concerned that those “aboriginal” people willing to work are constantly being hit upon by their extended families for money, so they cannot escape the poverty trap themselves. Some people who could be working want to sit on their butts, holding out their hands for money from working relatives who are trying to do the right thing.

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