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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 High Court supports Australia’s offshore concentration camps

In a 6-1 decision, the High Court has ruled in favour of the concentration camp on Nauru. The Australian government can legally arrest innocent people, hold them without trial, ship them off overseas to euphemistically named detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island and then wash their hands of those brutalised in this way and brutalised in the camps.

The decision poses a stark question for the refugee movement. What is the way forward now?


There are 37 babies born here in Australia who will be deported to Nauru. 54 children. 267 refugees all up who will be sent back to the rape factory, the sexual and physical abuse factory that is Nauru. How can we resist this?

My own view is that to win this fight to free the refugees will require the movement, which about 30% of Australians agree with, to move from passive protests to mobilisations that do change minds and which challenges the rule of the oppressor directly. That means civil disobedience.

It means shutting down the centres of the major towns with thousands occupying. It means thousands turning up to stop the deportations to the concentration camps. It means unions banning anything to do with the concentration camps. It means building a radical edge to the movement to do that and to bring the thousands and then tens of thousands in to build that militant campaign of workers and protesters.

There are protests on Thursday across Australia to let them stay. Let’s begin the conversation then for more action.



Comment from Ellen
Time February 3, 2016 at 8:28 pm

I can’t make the Melb meeting- wouldn’t be able to make it from work in the Yarra Valley- let me know the plans.

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Time February 4, 2016 at 4:01 am

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Comment from ttbn
Time February 4, 2016 at 10:33 am

Good for the High Court! The description ‘concentration camps’ for detention centres could be uttered only by a lunatic.

Comment from brian casey
Time February 4, 2016 at 2:40 pm

international covenant on social, economic and cultural rights.

Despite this active commitment to human rights Australia has been slow to implement theses rights in nation law. No treaty is directly applicable by our courts unless its been implemented through legislation. Without implementation all human rights treaties in the AHRC Act no treaty is directly applicable by our courts.
Unlike other countries that do comply Australia has very few constitutional provisions to protect fundamental rights and no human rights act.
US, Canada and Europe (through the European convention) have a bill of rights in some format even Afric and Latin American countries can appeal to a regional court.
New Zealand has a human rights act and all its laws are viewed through these rights.
So with all the structures in place just waiting to be passed by legislation what does it say for the politicians that are running or think they are running our country. It is despicable that Australians are condemning these unfortunates to live in concentration camp conditions.

Comment from Peter Johnson
Time February 4, 2016 at 6:00 pm

Are you going to rally outside the High Court?

Comment from John
Time February 4, 2016 at 6:51 pm

I was there on Wednesday morning.

Comment from John
Time February 4, 2016 at 6:56 pm

Former Chief Minister of the A.C.T Jon Stanhope at a rally today in support of the refugees called the detention centres concentration camps. If I am a lunatic I am in good company. Do you know anything about the history of concentration camps? About the US in the Philippines? About the British in the Boer War? About the Nazis initial use of concentration camps, which then in the early 1940s became extermination camps? Maybe you should do some research before you show your pitiful but predictable ignorance. The fact you don’t, and can’t, accept the truth about Australia’s concentration camps shows why Labor and Liberal governments can get away with this brutality. I am about speaking truth to power. You are about denying truth.

Comment from Robert LePage
Time February 5, 2016 at 11:36 am

ttbn; is a well known troll on other forums and can be disregarded.
This neocon government has to be voted out of office and never allowed back in again.

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