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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)



Tony Abbott and Peta Credlin – did they or didn’t they?

It says much about the politics of the Australian elite and their journalists that one of the big stories is whether Tony Abbott, the former Prime Minister, and Peta Credlin, his chief of staff, made the beast with two backs. Who cares?

Well, lots of conservatives do, and not for the moralistic reasons you might think. Niki Savva in her just released new book The Road to Ruin uses the seemingly inexplicable loyalty of the PM to his Chief of Staff to explain a number of bad decisions, and the ruthlessness with which Credlin, protected by Abbott, could exercise power and alienate a large number of Liberal and National Party politicians.

To these troglodytes the only explanation could be that the two were lovers. It was thus all Credlin’s fault that the government was behind in the polls and had been for 30 months. If only Abbott sacked Credlin … This was the very argument Senator Connie Fierravanti-Wells made to Abbott two days before the February 2015 (numerically unsuccessful but politically successful) spill motion against him.

Yet this misses the point. It covers up the obvious. It was Abbott’s rotten policies attacking the working class and the poor that saw him and his government fall behind in the polls. His and Hockey’s 2014 Budget was a disaster for his government from which it never recovered.

This ‘did they or didn’t they’ sideshow is about covering up the political sins of the conservatives and sustaining their class war mantra of cutting spending on the poor and working class and attacking our wages as the way to save the economy, by which they mean profits.



Comment from Gerri D
Time March 6, 2016 at 9:57 pm

Ah “Eve Syndrome” Explains it all! FFS

Comment from Peter Hindrup
Time March 7, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Sure, who cares?
The question is how did Lib politicians stand by and let these policies be put forward? Where does the nonsense idea come from that the ‘leader’ dictates policy? Mp’s are elected to represent their constituents. If they don’t do that then they don’t deserve to be in the job. If they simply do as the ‘leader’ tells hem, why do we pay them?

Comment from Lorikeet
Time March 7, 2016 at 1:38 pm

I would pay no attention to books written by rusted on Liberal supporters. The idea that Tony Abbott was terminated due to problems with either him or his Chief of Staff is simply trash designed to disguise the fact that he was pushing a vast plethora of the Coalition’s unpalatable policies. He was therefore the fall guy when the voting public had had more than enough.

These people who claim to have the inside story on the political arena on Sunday mornings are probably primed by vested interests. Whatever the case, they are very narrow thinkers who are rusted on to one of the major parties.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time March 7, 2016 at 1:43 pm

The policies are not decided by the Prime Minister. The faceless men just choose the person they want to lead the charge in sending the nation backwards.

The idea that our elected politicians are there to serve the people is naive in the extreme. If this were the case, we would see lots of people crossing the floor on various issues.

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