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August 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)



Archive for August, 2016

Cuba is not socialist

Many (including socialists and those opposed to socialism) see Cuban society as a model for socialism. But a look at its history presents different conclusions, argues Mark Gillespie in socialist magazine Solidarity. Written six years ago Mark outlines the development of state capitalism in Cuba. Another article I will post in the days to come will outline the ongoing shift in Cuba from state capitalism to market capitalism.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton should resign

The Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, has once again shamed himself and disgraced his office with unsubstantiated, ill-considered and offensive claims about refugees says the Refugee Action Coalition Sydney.

Nauru is Don Dale, only worse

The Turnbull Government has earned world-wide condemnation again for its treatment of children in detention, this time refugee children and women on Nauru. The Guardian’s leaked reports show a scale of abuse far worse than Don Dale. John Passant reports in Independent Australia.

The Canberra Times – my unpublished letters tell a tale

I thought I would include some of my unpublished Canberra Times’ letters to show the degeneration of the newspaper from the Fyshwick Pravda (always an overstated claim by hyperventilating conservative politicians) to a liberal’s version of The Australian.  Of course it is not just the refusal to publish my letters. That is but a symptom of a greater disease – both the narrowing down of opinion in the paper  and a stampede to the right reflected in its conversion to tabloid form and much tabloid content, or  regurgitated Age and Sydney Morning Herald articles.

Hate speech, legislation and resistance

Muslims are not the cause of growing inequality, falling real wages and the increasing precarity of employment. Neither are priests, or refugees, or Aborigines, or Asians, or blacks. [Fill in your favourite target for bigotry here.] This means that, as Jeremy Corbyn, the next Prime Minister of the UK has done and is doing, the task of the left is to explain that it is the economic system which produces these outcomes. We can and must offer hope of a better world to those who in the absence of any left wing alternative might be tempted by the siren song of racism or Islamophobia or violence.

A plucky band of billionaires and oil companies

The other Rio refugee story

In an article written in Nation before the Olympics began, Nation columnist Dave Zirin points out that there is another side to the story of the all-refugee team at the Rio Olympics. It was re-published in Socialist Worker US. ‘We all have heard the phrases “greenwashing” when a company or government hostile to environmental issues puts up a phony front to win undeserved public support. I don’t know if “refugee-washing” is a word but maybe it should be.’

The Big Four Australian banks, super profits and a Royal Commission

My latest in Independent Australia. The super profits of the Big Four banks continue to impact on the rest of the economy and Malcolm Turnbull’s solution of ordering them to appear before the Economics Committee is not likely to make them give up those profits.

Not all whites are terrorists


Pauline Hanson and her Nazi friend

Pauline Hanson with Australia’s most well known Nazi.