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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)



People power wins community detention for Asha: now free all the 267

Refugee Action Coalition

The Refugee Action Coalition welcomes the agreement to place baby Asha in community detention as a victory for people power and the “Let Them Stay” campaign on behalf of the 267 asylum seekers from Nauru and Manus Island presently in Australia.

“This is one small step for one family. We want to applaud the hospital and its staff for the stand they took to defend the safety and welfare of baby Asha,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

“Their stand and the support from other hospitals and medical staff will make it easier for other workers and staff to take a similar stand in support of the 267 threatened with return to Nauru.

“If Peter Dutton can grant community detention for Asha and her family, then it is possible to agree that all those threatened with return to Nauru can be freed into the community.

“However, we note that Peter Dutton insists they are still under threat of being returned to Nauru. We still need an ironclad guarantee that Asha and her family will not be returned to Nauru.

While there is a 72 hour undertaking of notice before any attempt to remove Asha to Nauru, a future decision about whether she would be moved would be entirely up to IHMS and the
Immigration department.

“We remain determined to ensure that Asha and the 267 get an ironclad guarantee of no return to Nauru,” said Rintoul.

“There is still a question mark over the fate of all of the 267 men, women, and children who need to know that they will not be returned to Nauru or Manus Island. Until there is a positive decision about the 267, the campaign to Let Them Stay will continue.

“The response in Brisbane has been tremendous, and is a very strong indication that movement to ‘Let Them Stay’ is gaining increasing community and worker support.

“People power has won a small step for Asha – now we need to step up the Let Them Stay campaign.


“The efforts of the Australian government to find third countries willing to take refugees from Nauru and Manus is doomed,” Rintoul said.

“It is more shabby politicking by the government to involve relatively poor neighbouring countries in undermining the refugee convention.

“The international community rightly regards the refugees on Manus and Nauru as being Australia’s responsibility. The government is just delaying the inevitable. Offshore detention is collapsing under the weight of the cruelty and its own contradictions.

“The Australian government must bring all those on Manus and Nauru to Australia.”



Comment from Mark Smith
Time February 21, 2016 at 4:08 pm

People power until complete victory. The unions must take a stand to push the ALP into a just, humane position immediately.

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Time February 22, 2016 at 3:15 am

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Comment from John
Time February 22, 2016 at 3:45 am

I agree 100% Mark.

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