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April 2016



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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)



Public housing anyone?

Malcolm Turnbull has ruled out any changes to negative gearing.  He has warned that Labor’s changes to negative gearing will slash housing prices.  This shows the utter desperation of Turnbull and co.  There is no evidence for this scare campaign.

Truth doesn’t matter. Malcolm Fraser dragged his government back from the brink of defeat and won the 1980 election with a lie about Labor taxing the family home.

Shorten has responded to Turnbull’s lies by arguing their policy to restrict negative gearing losses to expenditure on new homes and apartments will bring more houses on to the market for new home buyers.

The problem is that Labor’s proposed negative gearing restrictions will have only a small one off effect on housing prices (leading to a 5% increase, instead of the average 7%, in the first year of the scheme.) Labor’s reforms will make first homes only slightly less unaffordable.

Why is Labor thinking only in terms of market solutions to the housing crisis? Instead of just pissfarting around with negative gearing changes, a genuine party of the people would propose a strong public housing program, paid for by taxing the rich. This could address homelessness and give first home buyers security at an affordable price.




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