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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)



Hear Petros Constantinou, socialist activist from Greece, speak on the crisis in Greece at Keep Left in Sydney in August

Greece, crisis and resistance

Syriza flags


Petros Constantinou is a long-term socialist activist from Greece. As a member of the anti-capitalist coalition Antarsya, the Greek socialist organisation, SEK, and a councillor for Athens, Petros has been a part of the momentous struggle of Greek workers against austerity in the midst of capitalism’s greatest crisis since the Great Depression. Now, as the newly-elected left party Syriza tries to manage the crisis, Petros will join us to discuss: Recession and austerity in Greece: Can Syriza solve the crisis? A debate

Alongside the crisis, Greece has seen the growth of a neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn. As the national coordinator of KEERFA (Movement against Racism and the Fascist Threat), Petros has been on the frontlines in the fight against fascism and in struggles of migrants and refugees. Don’t miss him speaking on: Europe and the rise of the right: lessons from the frontline in Greece

Keep Left 2015 will be held on Saturday 22 – Sunday 23 August

At the University of Sydney, Merewether Building, Butlin Avenue, Darlington.

Two day tickets $65 solidarity price $40 waged $20 student/concession

One day tickets $35 solidarity price $25 waged $12 student/concession

Individual session tickets available on the day

Keep Left is organised by Solidarity



Comment from Lycaon
Time July 14, 2015 at 9:57 pm


What strategic conclusions, if any do, you think the left will draw from this fiasco in Greece?

The topics put up for debate at Keep Left Sydney do not engender confidence in the ability of the left to learn from its repeated failures.

Had Keep Left announced a debate around the topic “Can Syriza solve the crisis?” a year ago, I would have taken this to be a clear of political incoherence and magical thinking. Unfortunately, for the organisers and speakers the “debate” falls just days after Syriza viciously sold out the hopes which the Greek working class had invested in it by capitulating to its “partners” in the Troika. I can only wonder, where have the heads of the conference organisers and speakers been buried for the last two years?

Syriza has clearly playing a double game since the onset of the Greek crisis in 2010. During this time, the left, ever carried away by wishful thinking and its own propaganda, projected their own hopes onto the Obama-esque marketing campaign around the figure of Tsipras and Syriza’s vacuous slogans (Ανοίγουμε δρόμο στην ελπίδα – We open the way to hope). The bourgeoisie in Europe and North America on the other hand, knew all along that they had nothing at all to fear from either Tsipras or Syriza who had gone out of their way to make clear their loyalty to capital (see “Mr Tsipras comes to Washington” at the Brookings institute:

The left today are like a bunch of gambling addicts who lack any coherent long term strategy, save for trying to generate excitement about the next strike, the next demonstration and the next big action – which never seems to materialise. That is, when they’re not pinning their hopes on the Greek version Gustav Noske and Philip Schiedemann in Tsipras and Syriza, or explicitly bourgeois forces such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, right-wing jihadist “revolutionaries” in Libya or Syria.

Clearly the bourgeoisie have nothing to fear from the “conclave of tics” that passes for the left today. And, judging by the punishment they have just meted out to the Greek working class, they know it.

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