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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)



Carbon pricing?

I oppose a price on carbon that is borne by the working class.  That is what a carbon tax, an emissions trading scheme and anything in between like an emissions intensity scheme, do. Make the bosses pay for their pollution.

Price solutions are classic free market ideology. This is true even if the price setter is the government directly or indirectly.

You could of course tax the polluters and exercise price control powers to stop them passing on the cost to workers.

In 2010 Beyond Zero Emissions outlined a $370 bn plan over 10 years to move Australia to a completely renewable energy society.

A 1% net wealth tax on the top 10 percent of wealth owners in Australia nets $60 bn a year to pay for that. Abolishing the super concessions and negative gearing for the top 10% of income earners, and abolishing the CGT concession which benefits overwhelmingly to the top 10%, brings in an extra $25 bn easy.

Bingo – the Budget deficit is fixed and addressing climate change can actually begin.