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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 'Islam'

Banning the burqa: when ‘anti-sexism’ is Islamophobia

There is nothing liberating about being told by the state what you can and cannot wear, nor in being banned from public places dressed however you are comfortable.

I’m not a racist; I’m in the Labor Party

Four years ago the New South Wales Labor Government sold a site in Bankstown to a group of people who wanted to build an Islamic school there.  The Education Department said then that the land was surplus to requirements. The Labor Party dominates Banstown Council. Two Council decisions rejected the school application.  You can guess the nominated reasons […]

Burqas, unAustralian activity and authoritarianism

Who makes a judgment as to what disempowers women? If burqas, why not bikinis?

Iran pauses

The millions of Iranians demonstrating against the dictatorship have been an inspiration to socialists around the world. It’s not about the rigging.  It’s about the Iranian people moving onto the stage of history. But those faltering steps have slowed. The Iranian state has unleashed its thugs on peaceful demonstrators.  Tear gas, beatings, and even live ammunition are […]

Ban Sarkozy, not the burqa

Sarkozy’s proposed ban on the burqa is ‘liberation’ from above, and as Iraq and Afghanistan show, that is never successful. Sarkozy is the Bush of the burqa.

Iran: between reaction and revolution

The demand for democracy has the potential to unite the poor with the better paid workers and drive the Iranian dictators into the sea.

Iran: prospects for revolution: rough notes for a talk

These are some notes for a talk that John will be using to develop a talk on ‘Iran – can workers take power?’ on Thursday in Canberra for Socialist Alternative at 6 pm in Room G 039 of the Copland Building at the Australian National University. It starts off with a brief overview of history […]

Iran: reaction, reform or revolution?

An Iranian left orienting to workers as workers offers the opportunity to overcome divisions and see the working class overthrow the dictatorship.

Obama’s message to his puppets and dictators: business as usual

Obama is a competent and charismatic George W Bush. His speech to his puppets and dictators in the Muslim world was one of sophistry and deceit.

Pakistan: the new frontier in the war on terror?

To understand Pakistan’s present we need to understand two things – it was born of imperialism and is today the child of imperialism. Pakistan is a poor country. It has a population of about 170 million people, 60 percent of whom earn less than US$2 a day – the UN poverty line. 97 percent of its population is […]