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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)



The Australian Financial Review – I am the perfect replacement for Mark Latham

I sent off this letter to the editor of the Australian Financial Review just after I read Mark Latham had resigned or been pushed aside as a columnist for the Financial Review. If I get time I will expand on the arguments, especially why our newspapers are so narrowly limited in their views and opinion pieces.

Dear Financial Review

I am pleased to see that on announcing Mark Latham’s resignation as a columnist Michael Stutchbury has ‘defended the Financial Review’s right and even duty to publish provocative opinions…’ (‘Mark Latham resigns as Financial Review columnist’ 17 August 2015)

As a lifelong unionist and socialist I could fill the huge gap left by the late lamented Latham leaving. My daily blog for the last six years (called En Passant) gives readers the flavour of my style and revolutionary politics. Try before you buy.

I might however provoke not just Westpac but the whole band of hostile brothers and sisters of the ruling class with my pro-working class articles. Then again maybe I am just the sort of writer your turgid and narrowly limited opinion pages need to enliven debate and bring in a new audience for the paper.


There is back story to this I have only just discovered. It is a tale of deep hatred of women. For the details click on the UK Daily Mail story ‘Mark Latham forced to quit column after claims he used fake Twitter account to abuse women – including Australian of the Year Rosie Batty and a transgender army officer’. There are other reports supporting this.

In light of the real reasons for Latham’s sacking or departure, I suggest the Financial Review hire a female columnist from the left. I can think of no one better than black feminist socialist and unionist Celeste Liddle. She blogs at Rantings of an Aboriginal feminist. Have a read. If not her then there are literally thousands of left wing women who could do a millions time better job than Latham did, including many of my comrades in Solidarity. However they have higher standards than me so they might not accept writing for the bosses’┬ánewspaper and giving it the occasional left wing cover.


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