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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 'John Pilger'


If you missed Utopia on SBS tonight, you can view it here. The genocide of Aboriginal people continues today.


We need a seriously free media

Recently, writes John Pilger in Socialist Alternative, I stood outside the strangely silent building where I began life as a journalist. A lesson that endures is that when the rich and powerful own the means of popular enlightenment and dress it up as a “free press”, bestowing a false respectability called the “mainstream”, the opposite is usually true. Sir Frank Packer turned out to be a minnow compared with Rupert Murdoch.

From the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival to revolution

Our task is to make the ideas of socialism more widely known, through our propaganda and most importantly though our actions in the campaigns and struggles of the day. This way we can show that the best and most consistent reformers are we revolutionaries.

This gives us the opportunity to put forward to those who are interested in fighting back the reasons why all the different struggles are linked and can only ultimately be won in any real and lasting sense through the overthrow of capitalism.

Return to a secret country

Kevin Rudd’s apology to the Aborigines has changed little. White Australia must offer its first people universal land rights and a proper share of resources argues John Pilger in the New Statesman. I remember the boys dressed in army surplus, the girls in hessian, silhouettes framed in beach shanties, staring across an abyss. You were […]

John Pilger: Breaking the great Australian silence

‘Breaking the Great Australian Silence’ is John Pilger’s Sydney Peace Prize acceptance speech. I have re-published it from his blog,   Thank you all for coming tonight, and my thanks to the City of Sydney and especially to the Sydney Peace Foundation for awarding me the Peace Prize. It’s an honour I cherish, because […]

Pilger peace prize

John Pilger has been awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.  Pilger spoke brilliantly at this year’s Marxism 2009 organised by Socialist Alternative. CDs of all the talks, including Pilger’s, are available from Socialist Alternative.  John has indicated he will be coming to Marxism 2010 next Easter in Melbourne.

John Pilger at Marxism 2009

Socialist Alternative’s Marxism is the biggest and best left wing conference in Australia. Held over Easter in Melbourne, this year John Pilger,  one of the world’s great investigative journalists, will be having a question and answer session.  For details see marxism2009.

Marxism 2009 – Pilger, Habashi, Chit, Shaw, Kourkoulas, Kuhn …

Marxism 2009 Conference Easter weekend: Thursday April 9 until Sunday April 12 at Melbourne University Faced with a world dominated by war, inequality and deepening economic crisis, there is no better time to gather to discuss the crucial task of challenging capitalism and fighting for a better world. Marxism 2009 will bring together hundreds of […]