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August 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)



Building union organiser Johnny Lomax and capitalist justice


This is a letter I sent to the Canberra Times about its report today on the rally in support of CFMEU organiser Johnny Lomax.

In his report on the travesty of justice and threat to union organising that is the prosecution of CFMEU organiser Johnny Lomax, (“Case against Lomax ‘doomed to failure’ ” The Canberra Times 6 August, page 1) Michael Inman says ”Police will allege Mr Lomax forced a Canberra painting company, Nel Trading, and its principal, Woong Yul Park, to sign a union enterprise agreement in April last year.”

Is this the same Woong Yul Park, one of whose companies, KP Painting, exploited Korean workers on 457 visas by underpaying them, working them up to 22 hours a week unpaid or very inadequately paid overtime, giving them 9 days holidays instead of four weeks, denying them rostered days off and paying them up to five weeks late?

Is this the same Woong Yul Park who only entered into an Enterprise Agreement to give the workers the same pay and entitlements as Australian workers once the CFMEU intervened on behalf of the Korean workers?

Is this the very enterprise agreement Woong Yul Park is now claiming he was ‘blackmailed’ into entering?

If so then it seems to me the wrong person is in the dock.


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