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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)



The left attacking pensioners

Got to love how some on the left are lining up with all those right wingers attacking ‘rich’ pensioners. Of course the government won’t stop here.
We are witnessing the dismantling over time of the social welfare system and some on the left are complicit in it in the mistaken belief it is about attacking the rich. Centrelink anyone?

It is no accident those criticising my comments that the Greens voted for this attack on pensioners (now and more of them into the future unless the backlash stops the Government, much as it stopped the worst parts of the 2014 Budget) have been silent about the Centrelink attacks on the unemployed etc.

If you cannot see a link between attacking pensions and attacking Centrelink recipients then I weep for the left.

Thirty years ago the left (not the ALP parading as the left) would have supported a universal and living wage pension for all people over 65 (including millionaires.)
We could fund that by taxing the rich more during their working lives, abolishing tax concessions for superannuation etc and imposing estate and gift duties on the estates of the rich.

Asset and income tests are ways to cut back on the pension not for rich people – they have their money in super and get tax free payments of $500,000 a year – but less well off people. And next year or the year after the government will try to turn the screws a little more, if we let them get away with it now.


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