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June 2015



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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)



Fuel tax increases – the unity ticket of Liberals, Labor and the Greens against workers and the poor

Bill Shorten has announced the Labor Party will support legislation to allow the Abbott government to index fuel tax increases twice yearly to inflation.  This is already in place under a regulation that will lapse in October, after the government failed to get legislation passed last year to index the increases to inflation when Labor and the Greens opposed it.

Shorten outlined the cogent reasons why Labor opposed it last year. He said then (as reported in the Australian):

… today¬†[Abbott] ambushes Australian motorists, ambushes the parliament of Australia and through the back door has launched a sneak attack on the wallets and cost of living of every Australian,” Mr Shorten told reporters in Canberra.

This is outrageous. He doesn’t have the courage to take his new taxes to an election. He is desperate to prop up his unfair budget.

What has changed? Well, the Government was in discussions with the Greens under new leader Richard Di Natalie to get the fuel indexation Bill through the Parliament and it looked like they would fold if the Government agreed to spend the extra money on public transport. The deal with Labor means the money – expected to be $23 billion over the decade – will be spent instead on roads.

There are two impacts to the increase. It will add, according to the government, about 40C a week to your petrol bill. The Australian Automobile Association said it was more likely to be $2 to $3 a week.

The second problem is that increased transport costs will increase the cost of necessities across the board.

This will impact on poor people and workers more than it will on the rich.

The agreement shows the priorities of the Liberals, Labor and the Greens. It isn’t taxing the rich. The Abbott government has been joined by Labor and the Greens in a rotten unity ticket on fuel tax indexation to attack workers and the poor.

This should not surprise us because what unites them – capitalism – is greater than any of their differences over aspects of how to manage it. Like all parties of capital they make workers and the poor pay for the crises of capitalism and the fuel tax is just one small example, a portent of things to come.


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