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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)



Pride and the fight for gay liberation


Solidarity Canberra's photo.


There is an ongoing battle for Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) liberation from the oppressions faced in society because of sex, sexuality and gender. The fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in society involves a long history of struggle, of which many non-LGBTIQ working class people have also been a part. Films like the movie ‘Pride’ also illustrate the ways that LGBTIQ people have played a huge role in resisting the pressures inflicted on workers by capitalism.

Socialist group Solidarity is holding a meeting in Canberra on Tuesday 17 March at 1 pm in Hayden Allen G50 at the ANU to discuss how the struggle of the working class in fighting capitalism can also help in the fight against homophobia. We will also consider why the fight for LGBTIQ liberation necessarily involves a challenge to the division and oppression promoted by the capitalist system. (Note change of room for ANU bureaucracy reasons from Copland G30 as indicated on the flyer to Hayden Allen G 050), not far away.

For information call 0458 039 596 or email



Comment from Brian
Time March 13, 2015 at 2:10 pm

I just hope you will be protesting against the violence towards gays and lesbians in Syria, IS, Saudi Arabia etc.

Rather than the mild homophobia seen in Australia

Comment from John
Time March 14, 2015 at 5:37 am

Yes the so called mild homophobia you talk about that drives teenagers and young adults to suicide. The so-called mild homophobia that sees this government send gay and lesbian asylum seekers back to their death or imprisonment and other punishments. The main enemy is at home and the fight against homophobia here is the fight against homophobia globally. Of course it was the genuine left who have been supporting the Syrian revolution both in words and actions as far as we can. As for Saudi Arabia I suggest you read my blog exposing once again the regime for the dictatorship it is and showing the hypocrisy of Obama and Abbott in praising the filth who run it and Abbott putting flags at half mast here for one of them when he thankfully died recently.

Comment from Mike
Time March 14, 2015 at 10:22 am

How can you say that the main enemy of homophobia is at home? Homosexuals that I know are doing fine, despite all the faux outrage that we hear on social media.

And is homosexuals in Australia do get the right to marry is that going to make an ounce of difference to homosexuals in Africa and the Middle East?

The fact is that people such as yourself love soft targets. Those that will not respond. Easier to criticize the Australian Catholic church that the Islamic Religion. At least then you won’t get your head cut off.

When will we see a float in the Mardi Gras mocking Islam rather than the Catholic Church?

Comment from John
Time March 14, 2015 at 7:40 pm

You poor deluded man.

Comment from John
Time March 14, 2015 at 7:43 pm

Since the Catholic Church is one of the institutions of power and it and other chaplains contribute to the death of teenage school students seeking help about their sexuality the real enemy remains at home. The victory over homophobia here can inspire others. I support the Syrian revolution against Assad and ISIS. I didn’t notice you at the demos for the revolution. Find somewhere else to push your Islamophobia.

Comment from John
Time March 15, 2015 at 7:46 pm

The invasion of Iraq unleashed the forces that are now ISIS. I marched against that war. Did you Mike?

Comment from Peter
Time March 16, 2015 at 10:40 am

Thanks, John. You are correct. Homophobia is not only the leading cause of youth suicide in Australia, but also older gays who, because of the fear of persecution remain single and lonely and end it sooner rather than later. May the wind billow your sails.

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