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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)



Canberra Vigil for Omid Tuesday

Vigil for Omid
Garema Place Civic from 5:30pm Tuesday 3 May

23 year-old Omid, an Iranian refugee detained by Australia on Nauru, died in a Brisbane hospital on Friday after setting himself on fire in front of visiting UNHCR officials. A witness reported his last words were, “This is how tired we are, this action will prove how exhausted we are. I cannot take it anymore.”

Omid joins Reza Barati, Fazel Chegeni, Hamid Kehazaei, Ali Ahmad Jafari, Reza Alizadeh, Mohammad Nasim Najafi, Khodayar Amini and Leo Seemanpillai as one of the victims of Australia’s barbaric detention regime, whose deaths lay bare the bipartisan boldfaced lie that these policies are designed to save lives.

His death comes the same week that PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill announced the Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island will close, following a Supreme Court decision that ruled it illegal. The announcement has left both Labor and the Coalition floundering for a response – their only solution being to restate the worn-out three word slogan, “stop the boats”.

It took a PNG court to tell us what we already knew: that our Pacific island gulags are illegal; that detaining people who have committed no crime for years in appalling conditions is breaking them; and that the only possibly solution to the current situation is for the Australian Government to finally grow up and take responsibility for those who fled to Australia seeking our protection.

These camps must close now, and all those sent to Manus Island and Nauru immediately be brought back to Australia for resettlement.

Join us in Garema Place from 5:30pm on Tuesday 3 May to mourn Omid’s unnecessary death, and to demand the Government #CloseTheCamps and #BringThemHere

Please bring placards and candles if you can. Please also invite your friends and share the event on Facebook to help get others along.


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