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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)



ACTU President Ged Kearney to launch Unionists for Refugees in Canberra on 3 March

The Refugee Action Committee in Canberra is setting up Unionists for Refugees. The aim of the group is to educate and mobilise union members around the need for change in Australia’s refugee policy.

We believe that the current policy is inhumane and unjust. It wastes billions of dollars on keeping a tiny number of people in terrible conditions. It trashes our international reputation – we are the only country in the world to  lock up asylum seekers in other countries.

There are much better ways of dealing with asylum seekers – the ways which we used to use during the Indochinese refugee influx are an obvious and practical alternative.

We think that it is particularly important that the union movement take a stand on this. Unions have always been at the forefront of campaigns for social justice. Moreover, the attacks on asylum seekers have operated as a distraction while union rights, jobs and hard-won conditions and wages are under attack.

ACTU President Ged Kearney will launch Unionists for Refugees at a public meeting at 6.30pm, on Tuesday 3 March at the Belconnen Labor Club (Fred Daly Room), Chandler St, Belconnen.  Publicise this meeting as widely as possible.

In addition, the campaign is building towards a very large rally and march on Palm Sunday, 1pm Sunday 29 March beginning in Garema Place. We are going to organise union contingents to take part in the demonstration.


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