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June 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)



Don’t turn homophobia into Islamophobia


We are deeply pained and saddened by the atrocities in Orlando. Gay bars and clubs are often places of refuge in a society that scorns, harms and demeans queer folks — and that makes this violence all the more horrific. No doubt, racists are already trying to exploit this tragedy to whip up more violence, more hate, more marginalization. But we won’t stand for it. No to all forms of oppression. No to all right-wing forces that thrive on hate. No to Islamophobia and homophobia. Solidarity.


From Kevin Ovenden on Facebook.

The horror in Orlando is an awful reminder of the world we live in and the reality of homophobia.

It is heart-rending to look at the images from Orlando. It is frightening to look at the sordid efforts by racists and fascists to spread further hate even as vicitms hover between life and death. .

I am relieved to see the statement of solidarity and sympathy below rushed out so quickly by friends in LGBT+ Against Islamophobia in Britain.

These atrocities can leave us feeling powerless and scared.

The coming together of our communities, of the LGBT and anti-racist movements, and of the forces of the left which fight all oppression is hugely valuable at this time.

This is an appalling illustration of all that we are up against, but also of the value of all of us who are seeking to confront it – in unity, and with renewed commitment, and in commemoration of those who have been killed.


From LGBT+ Against Islamophobia 12/06/16

“Our sympathy and solidarity go out to the victims, their families and friends after the horrific attack at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando.

It is a stark reminder that despite the many gains in attitudes and legislation that have been made over the last decades, LGBT+ people continue to face threats of violence and murder.
We do not yet know anything about the attacker. The FBI have been quick to declare the incident ‘terrorist’ and whilst they claim to be pursuing ‘multiple leads’ the only organisation named for ‘possible links’ is ISIS.

We in LGBT+ Against Islamophobia will oppose any attempt to use this atrocity to whip up hatred against Muslims.

For many of us the massacre will bring back memories of the bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in Soho in 1999, carried out by a British Neo-Nazi. We will be reminded of the dreadful shootings carried out by the self-proclaimed fascist Anders Brevik in Norway in 2011, and numerous gun-related mass killings conducted by white Christians in America.

This should be a time for us all to come together and reject homophobia and transphobia wherever it comes from.

Murderous homophobes, from any religion or none, do not represent entire communities. If we allow ourselves to be divided now we will be weakened in our fight to eradicate oppression – a fight that now more than ever needs to continue.”



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