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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)



Kevin Ovenden in Greece on those parliamentarians who voted No to austerity

Kevin Ovenden has just posted a Facebook status about the 32 MPs who voted No to austerity. He says:

The NO vote in the parliament was 32 MPs.

Of those 2 are of the Red Network in Syriza (one of them a member also of the International Workers Left [DEA], the main Trotskyist organisation in Syriza).

A further 13 MPs of the KKE (all their fraction) voted NO.

The Nazis of Golden Dawn, 17 MPs (all their fraction), also voted NO.

We should beware attempts to lump together opposition to the proposals as “extremist”. What is extreme is the proposals. The fascists, are pathological liars – it is required by their political position and strategy.

The government is in trouble. We were told it would secure a strong anti-memorandum position through coalition with ANEL.

The governing arrangement just broke as a stable set-up.

The Troika and Berlin will have their own views about what should happen and be demanded of Tsipras *politically*.

No one on the left of the party is responsible for breaking an “anti-austerity” government’s majority. The government itself did that when it broke from the party’s programme – even its most minimal one: no more austerity.

Addendum – it is implicit throughout, but the two Syriza MPs who voted No should be congratulated, in my view, for doing the right thing. Three Die Linke MPs recently stood against the stream, including of their own party, to deliver an internationalist NO to austerity. There is an honourable tradition of representatives of the left finding themselves in a minority in an assembly on a matter of principle, only then to find – sometimes more quickly than they had anticipated – that they represent majority feeling in the society.


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