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January 2022



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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 'Interest rates'

Mastercard, interest rates and tax

So it appears MasterCard gets a lot of revenue from Australia and yet pays little tax here. It screws us with high credit card interest rates and screws us again by not paying much tax here. Shame on MasterCard and shame on our politicians for not addressing the high credit card interest rates or the tax avoidance.


Tax the mining companies to keep interest rates down

One of the best ways to keep interest rates down would be to properly tax resource rents. Thanks for the forthcoming interest rate rises Julia and Tony and Markus, Tom, Twiggy and Clive.

Banks and interest rates

We can begin a fight back against higher interest rates and prices by striking for more wages and so winning back a little of the profit we make for the bosses.

The Commonwealth Bank shows we are not all in this together

The actions of the Commonwealth Bank in raising interest rates and cutting employees’ wages show we are not all in this together.

COSATU supports strike to cut interest rates

Reuters reports that the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa has threatened strike action unless the Central Bank of South Africa cuts interest rates further to stimulate the economy.  The peak union body COSATU ( a mainstay of the ANC Government) supports the call.  A little different to our peak union body the ACTU for […]

Interest rates unchanged

The Reserve Bank of Australia has kept interest rates unchanged. The cash rate remains 3.25 per cent.  As the economy tanks – unless the inflation bogey is scaring the Bank more than mass unemployment –  the RBA is likely, in my opinion, to slash this figure next month.