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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 'Justice'

Break unjust laws to cut the working week

Newly elected ACTU secretary Sally McManus was right to say we should break unjust laws, and I know exactly which to start with – Labor’s Fair Work regime.

To read the whole article in Independent Australia click here.


I hate Australian capitalism. Will I be stripped of my Australian passport ?

The terrorism hype and changes to our immigration laws throw away basic rights to a trial and give incredible powers to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. They undermine our freedoms here and now. They set a dangerous precedent. They prepare the way for further criminalising dissent in Australia.

Has Tony Abbott attempted to pervert the course of a police investigation?

Given that the AFP is investigating whether Gillian Triggs was asked to resign and if an inducement was offered to get her to do so, isn’t Tony Abbott’s categorical and unequivocal statement that ‘she was not asked to resign and no inducement has been offered’ itself possibly an attempt to influence and perhaps pervert the course of the investigation? Will he too be investigated?

The first people, always last on the agenda

Twenty-three years ago in Bowraville, a small town on the NSW north coast, three Aboriginal children were murdered in five months writes Dave Clarke in Red Flag. The families of the Bowraville Three are still fighting the racist indifference of the authorities.

Lindy Chamberlain and mass hysteria

Lindy Chamberlain was guilty because she didn’t cry. Clearly there can be no justice in an unjust society.

If there were justice, war criminals like George Bush and Barack Obama would be on trial now, with their Australian and British accomplices right beside them.

If there were justice, those who kill Aborigines in custody would be in prison. Those who steal their land would be dealt with.

If there were justice, the media would report the truth.

If there were justice Lindy Chamberlain wouldn’t have spent 3 years in jail and taken 32 years to win this week’s victory.

Only overthrowing the current unjust economic, political and social system can create a just society.

Parliament as judge and jury

The current Australian Parliament is a good argument for socialism and workers running society democratically through their own institutions.

Has Wendi Deng been charged with assault yet?

Under capitalism it is one law for the rich; one law for the poor. Not just for Wendi Deng but for Rupert Murdoch too.

You don’t jail such a rich man for using his power to influence politics for his own advantage.

You don’t jail the Prime Minister for corrupt appointments of influence in his own office or the heavies in the police force for doing the same. You don’t jail the head of the police force for taking freebies worth $20,000 from someone who has a connection with Murdoch.

You don’t jail the son of the mogul for paying hush money.

You don’t jail Murdoch even though his plausible deniability excuse sounds implausible.

Welcome to justice under capitalism.

bin Laden and justice

Justice is expendable. If the ideology of justice stands in the way of the US winning an important propaganda victory then justice is overthrown.

Our legal system and theirs: Hu, Hicks, Habib, Haneef…

Australian justice is like Chinese justice – it represents the interests of the rich and powerful.