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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)



Prime Minister Turnbull: If you really respect women, sack Dutton now

Peter Dutton is, to use his own words, more or less, a mad fucking wanker.

In supporting his political mate Jamie Briggs over Briggs’s sacking from the ministry for serious matters related to a public servant in Hong Kong, Dutton called News journalist Samantha Maiden a mad fucking witch. She had written an article that was somewhat less ‘Uncle Rupert’ supportive than normal of the Coalition and Briggs in particular.

The only trouble is Dutton sent the text message to Maiden rather than Briggs. Sheer genius.

Last week Turnbull got rid of Jamie Briggs for his carryon in Hong Kong. Briggs circulated a photo of the victim to colleagues and someone leaked it, and her employment and other details enabling her identification, to The Australian. That Murdoch paper, as part of the old boys club, published the details. This is victim blaming and will have the effect of making women think twice about reporting sexist behaviour by men in positions of power.

Now the steaming pile of dog shit that is our Immigration and Border Force Minister has put Turnbull in a further bind about what to do with the openly sexist racist and homophobic faction in his government. In getting rid of Briggs Turnbull said there were high standards Ministers had to adhere to. Is calling a female journalist a mad fucking witch in keeping with those high standards?

Of course if there were any justice in the world Dutton would have been sacked long ago for the untruths he told the Australian people about asylum seeker rape victim Abyan not wanting an abortion. She did. She just wasn’t mentally strong enough to make an informed decision and needed a bit more time.

But Abyan is just part of a bigger problem. It is the role of Immigration Ministers to brutalise asylum seekers and refugees, and send them to the concentration camps both in Australia and on Manus Island and Nauru. Women, children, men, boys, all are subject to this brutality.

Dutton should be sacked for running a concentration camp. He should be before the International Court of Justice in the Hague to answer for his crimes. So too should the Labor Party Ministers responsible for the same concentration camps when they were in government. Add in all the Prime Ministers from Paul Keating onwards who led us down the path of such brutality.

It is unlikely Dutton will face any serious action; not impossible but unlikely. Dutton has a key role in this government; one of driving racism and Islamophobia from the top of society to the bottom. This is an important distractor from the poverty, joblessness, and declining living standards much of the working class in Australia suffers from or is threatened with.

On top of that Dutton is the head of the hard right racist rat pack in the Liberals who still wield considerable power. They will defend him to the last man and woman. These are forces Turnbull cannot afford to alienate if he wants to survive politically and win the next election. Given Turnbull’s popularity and the fact women are flocking back to the Liberals in large numbers after Turnbull ousted Abbott in September 2015 means he may have some leeway. However Briggs, Dutton, and all the other throwbacks to the 19th Century in the hard right faction are undermining Turnbull’s capacity to pretend to be a soft and cuddly Prime Minister with working women’s interests at heart.

Turnbull won’t even give Dutton a feather duster slap on the wrist in public for inappropriate language. He certainly won’t demote him or sack him from the Ministry. He could do that but risk the wrath of the men from the 17th Century. And that is the problem.

The men and women who reject the enlightenment are integral to the Turnbull government. They reject climate change, and Turnbull capitulates to them. They reject equal love and Turnbull compromises, putting the day when we win marriage equality off for years. They embrace Islamophobia and Turnbull mutters a few meaningless words about inclusiveness. They embrace the superiority of Judeo-Christian ‘civilisation’, code for the white man, and Turnbull is silent. They continue the racism and genocide in physical and economic form against Aborigines and Turnbull is one with them. They view women as subservient and Turnbull twiddles his thumbs. They see imperialist wars as the way to solve problems (for imperialism) and Turnbull enthusiastically joins them.

Even if Turnbull did sack Dutton the systemic sexism, racism and homophobia would continue and thrive.

All the members of the Turnbull government share the antediluvian delusion that austerity – cutting government spending on workers and the poor, cutting wages, sacking workers for example – will solve the economic problems of capitalism. This is their bedrock and the sexism, racism and homophobia of this government (and in varying degrees of the Labor Opposition) flow from this deep well of ruling class essentialism. Sexism, racism and homophobia, by distracting and dividing workers, help reinforce the government’s capacity to achieve its economic agenda of shifting more and more wealth and income from labour to capital. It is no accident that the government which attacks unions attacks women, Aborigines, refugees and gays.

As always the answer remains the same. If we don’t fight, we lose. Since, over the last 35 years or so, we haven’t been fighting in any sustained, radical and mass way over any major issue Dutton will keep his job. Indeed my guess is he and the rest of the troglodytes will grow and prosper under the watchful eye and protective hand of our oh so nice ‘uncle’, Malcom Turnbull.



Comment from Lorikeet
Time January 5, 2016 at 9:17 am

Yes, I am very disappointed by the attitudes of Peter Dutton. I put him last on my ballot paper at the 2013 federal election and he or his replacement will retain that position in 2016, for a multitude of reasons not least of which is pension cuts.

However I take exception to anyone labelling those who don’t support Same Sex Marriage (and the plethora of other groupings who are keen to follow) as homophobic.

I also think some men are reacting to the overuse of feminazism to disempower them in the home and workplace. I have found the debate on Domestic Violence to be very one sided, but do not support anyone being bashed in their own home or outside of it.

Mal Brough should be turfed out of the parliament altogether, as he seems to be somewhat of a racist and a hypocrite… certainly nothing remotely approaching a democrat. It seems he needs to manipulate his way through life in the hope of remaining politically viable.

If the government truly wished to hose down racism and religionism, its first course of action would be to ensure all workers received equal pay, regardless of citizenship status, gender or ethnicity. Hard on the heels of this act of democracy would be a real solution to unemployment and underemployment, including no longer fudging the figures. This might require the government to thumb its nose at UN and capitalist manipulators and start using our natural resources to revive manufacturing industries.

The government could also cease selling off the farm/pasture and ports to foreign interests and give Aussie farmers and graziers a fair go.

Only very dumb women would flock back to the Liberals with Malcolm Turnbull in charge. I suggest they read the 50 page document which clearly shows his interests since 1971. Despite pushing a list of unpalatable legislative changes, I still believe Tony Abbott is a better man than Malcolm Turnbull will ever be. He just needs to start batting for a more Pro-Australian team which considers the needs of the poor and the lower middle class.

Comment from Peter Johnson
Time January 5, 2016 at 4:59 pm

I thought politics was all about double standards – So what’s new? Whoever you elect they probably will be still be in the mould of a ‘mouldy politician’ unless off course you vote for an Independent ‘trustworthy?’ politician if there is such a thing?! We get the politicians we deserve . . . . Bring on the revolution !

Comment from Ballarodent
Time January 6, 2016 at 7:56 am

It puzzles me … why do people assume that just because we have experienced evolution we are bound to keep advancing, and that democracy just happens all by itself? These people are our ‘ ministers of the Crown’! Evidence does seem to be pointing in the direction of devolution back to Great Ape status, where we can sit around in bars grunting, beating our chests and drunkenly utter the one adjective we remember, faintly, from the time when we had the nuances of languages. Sigh. Grunt …

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