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September 2021



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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 'Journalists'

Free speech, the voiceless and the liars for capitalism

The defence of free speech is an important struggle for the left. The demonstrations in defence of free speech prompted by the murder of the Charlie Hedbo journalists offer some hope for us to both join in that movement and argue for an expansion of free speech from the ruling class to all of us as well as fight Islamophobia. In Australia that means being involved, as best we can and when opportunities present, to mobilise against the growing neoliberal encroachment of and restrictions on free speech and other civil liberties and any racist outbreaks. It also means pointing out the limited nature of free speech under capitalism and highlighting the attacks of the 1% on it and explaining the possibilities for its expansion to give voice to the voiceless, the vast majority in society.


Who is doing the killing in Gaza?

We wish to express our outrage at the reprehensible media coverage of these acts [in Gaza] in the mainstream (corporate) media. We call on journalists around the world working for corporate media outlets to refuse to be instruments of this systematic policy of disguise. We call on citizens to inform themselves through independent media, and to voice their conscience by whichever means is accessible to them.

Of course we want independent newspapers

A good first start to independence and to building it on the ground would be for Fairfax workers to strike against the planned 1900 job cuts.

Fairfax to offshore jobs

If MEAA members went out indefinitely at Fairfax the revenue loss would in all likelihood quickly drag management back to the negotiating table.

Many years ago the BLF had a slogan – if you don’t fight you lose. It is as true today as it was then.

Close Fairfax down until it withdraws its job cuts.

Sexism or scrutiny?

Comments about Gillard’s hair or her dress sense or lack of affability can’t be divorced from the wider oppression of women in society. They reinforce stereotypes about women as having a role that must fit within the dominant power structure of capitalism – as objects of men’s desire and displaying ‘feminine’ characteristics.

However Bob Brown was being too cute by half in blaming criticism of Gillard on sexism. After all this is the do nothing Government he supports and sustains so attacks on Labor are also a criticism of him and his do nothing Greens.

You cannot hide behind sexism to divert attention away from the failure of Labor to inspire its base. That is part of the problem – Labor’s neoliberalism.

A resurgence in struggle, in fighting for equal pay now, free abortion on demand, free childcare, would challenge the very structures of capitalist oppression. Therein lies the way forward, not tired bleating about sexist reporting that ignores the systemic oppression of women under capitalism.

ABCC Stoops To “Bullying Tactics” Against Journalists

This is just in from the MEAA, the journalists’ union.  The Australian Building and Construction Commission has turned its coercive powers onto journalists, issuing subpoenas to two publications in an attempt to force journalists to give up notes for their stories on the Westgate Bridge demarcation dispute. See ABCC stoops to bullying tactics against journalists.