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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)



Is former ALP A.C.T Chief Minister Jon Stanhope about to jump from Labor’s sinking ship?

Former Labor Party Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Jon Stanhope has an article in a local Canberra weekly newspaper, City News, condemning Labor for voting for the Border Force Act. In the article, The horrors of the matey bipartisanship, Jon says something very interesting.

‘… the Greens are, these days, the only members of the Parliament who reflect my views on asylum seeker policy or, indeed, what I understand to be the true values and beliefs of the ALP.’

Essentially my view is that Labor has moved from being a capitalist workers’ party to a CAPITALIST workers’ party on the way to becoming a capitalist party. Part of my task is to patiently explain to good Labor Party members why their leadership sells out like this on refugees and that there are admittedly small socialist groups they should look at and join with on the streets and in the campaigns to mount a militant fight for asylum seekers.

I replied on the site. I said:

This was written no doubt before Shorten and Marles tried to preempt the debate at the Party conference on Saturday by adopting the turn back the boats policy. That ‘me too’ on boats is yet another nail in the coffin of the idea that Labor is a progressive party.

By playing footsie with the Liberals, Labor, the party that introduced mandatory detention and then offshore processing on Manus and Nauru, only shifts the debate further and further to the inhumane right.

The parties that demonise and attack asylum seekers will soon be demonising and attacking workers more and more.

The logic of Jon’s comment about the Greens representing what he understands to be true Labor values. is for him to join the Greens.

I don’t agree with his analysis. I think the Greens are just another party (like Labor) that wants to manage capitalism.

Their track record when in power (Nick McKimm in Tasmania attacking public schools for example) and overseas shows that they too are subject to the same pressures to capitulate to capital when in power, pressures they invariably give in to as well.

I think the alternative [to joining the Greens] is to build a left wing party based in the working class and on the struggles of today, both economic and political. Our final goal should be not like Labor or the Greens to manage capitalism but to win socialism, the democratic control of society so that production is to satisfy human need, not to make a profit. That is why I am proud to be a member of small socialist group Solidarity (

I have written more extensively about the nature of the Labor Party and its degeneration, viewed through the prism of the MRRT in this academic piece if anyone is interested. The minerals resource rent tax: the Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change (


So let me say to those good Labor Party members fighting for a better world against the Abbott Government and their own leadership,  at least consider a socialist alternative like Solidarity.  Join us on the streets and in the campaigns for refugees and asylum seekers.



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