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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)



Trains, strikes and the right to break unjust laws

The weekend’s Invasion Day protests are symbolic of a growing undercurrent of dissatisfaction with Australia’s unjust laws, I write in Independent Australia.



Comment from Lorikeet
Time January 30, 2018 at 11:05 am

To get down to the tin tacks of the matter, Australian governments at all levels approve of the general community being mercilessly abused by the corporate sector. It does not seem to matter if we are talking about superannuation funds, banks, energy providers or anyone else. They want to use slave labour in order to empower themselves, and the government is complicit in this.

If the truth is known, workers’ rights have been going backwards for more than 30 years, even in the public service.

I saw the Opposition Leader (Labor) of the Tasmanian government going off his brain about the abuses of Liberals when it came to importing excessive numbers of foreign workers. The Rudd government (Labor) was just as bad, possibly worse, so the man is just another hypocrite.

I think it is too late to complain about an Invasion Day. I can understand the link with slave labour, but changing the date of Australia Day will not help any Australia to restore workplace rights.

State governments probably hope to sack as many Australian workers as possible, so they can bring in underpaid foreign workers.

In my view, public transport systems will soon be taken over by corporates, as they look for new ways to invest superannuation moneys. The same will occur with schools and hospitals.

State governments will be deemed to be both “hopeless and broke” as an excuse to give the corporate sector greater control of our lives and rip us off in every way possible. This could also tie in with the long voiced proposal that we can live without state governments.

In my view, state governments need to be empowered, instead of their functions being gradually devolved to large amalgamated councils (communist mini states). The councils should be disamalgamated and go back to minding their own business, such as simple responsibilities like collecting the garbage and fixing cracks in the footpaths.

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