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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)



Not all deaths are the same – Part 1


If only the 24 women murdered by their partners or former partners in Australia so far this year had died in a plane crash we might hear about them and have some debate about how to address this systemic issue.

Instead we have by and large ruling class  silence on these women. Yet SBS can devote 15 minutes as its first lead article to an airplane crash in France in which 2 Australians died. Australian politicians pontificate about how sad it is.

These are the same politicians who say nothing about domestic violence other than appoint Rosie Batty as the Australian of the Year to salve their consciences and hide their lack of real action.

Worse than that Abbott and co have and are cutting funding for women’s support services.

Violence against women, whether by partners or strangers, is a systemic issue and addressing it would require a real examination of the system that produces it, something no capitalist government will do in any real and substantial way; certainly not the Abbott government.



Comment from Caroline Storm
Time March 26, 2015 at 8:54 am

An absolute truth simply recorded. Thank you, John. If only our government thought so clearly. One day, our P.M. salutes Rosie Batty as Australian of the year, a few days later he removes some $50,000 from social organisations aiding abused wives and children.

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