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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)



The McClure review: welfare on the cheap.


Simone White in Red Flag reports on the McClure welfare review and concludes it is all about welfare on the cheap. Here is part of what she says:

The McClure review of the welfare system, commissioned by the government and last week handed down to social services minister Scott Morrison, provides the architecture for a very lean and very mean welfare system. “A new system for better-employment and social outcomes” would more aptly be named, “Sink or swim: a guide to how you don’t deserve a life jacket”.

To read the whole article click here.



Comment from Urban Wronski
Time March 4, 2015 at 6:39 am

The new, soft and cuddly Scott Almighty Morrison grins while he holds another fatuous exercise in public deception. Of course, the pillar called destitution and beggary is missing from the cover illustration. We have it already.

Comment from David Tanner
Time March 4, 2015 at 9:01 am

One of the major drivers of today’s unemployment is the number of people who are working two (or more) jobs. The reason they are doing this is that they have a perceived need to have a higher standard of living. However in doing so, they are actually depriving those who are less well off to have what might be regarded as a minimal standard of living. On average, Australians are currently maintaining a higher standard of living than the collective society can afford. This is having a negative impact on the unemployed for the reason stated above. Until this situation is reversed, the poor and unemployed will be getting into a forever worsening situation. No amount of government fiddling will help.

Comment from Hasbeen
Time March 4, 2015 at 10:29 am

A fair statement David, but how would you suggest we fix the situation, when we have an obstructionist senate, who won’t let the government pass any of the changes needed to fix the problems.

I can’t decide if those senators are stupid, & believe what they say, or merely trying to make this government look almost as bad as they were when power, causing the problems we now face.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time March 4, 2015 at 9:08 pm

Cross benchers in the Senate ensure a democratic process. To say they are “obstructionist” is to support Labor and Coalition opinions.

David, if the government greatly reduced the number of visa holders, there would be more work available for Australians. The government could certainly encourage employers to give priority to those who don’t have a job at all.

To wind back the welfare system to only 5 basic payments is certainly a move in the wrong direction, especially when it has been proposed at the behest of a UN which has clearly stated that Australia has a AAA credit rating.

Today a friend of mine had to give backup support to a man applying for the Age Pension, as Centrelink staff had little interest in assisting him. Unfortunately half of their work stations were empty due to staffing cuts.

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