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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 'Kevin Rudd'

Neoliberalism’s snake oil sales people

Support for Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard has plummted. Deposed PM Kevin Rudd is now more popular than her. So who’s turn is it this week to be Labor Party Prime Minister? Maybe it is the party’s embrace of neoliberalism, its capitulation to big business, its attacks on workers that are the real problems, not […]

The mining barons run the country

Who runs the country? At the moment it’s the mining companies. Australia isn’t a democracy; it’s a plutocracy.

Can Julia Gillard save brand Labor? Thursday’s talk fest

Julia Gillard will become Prime Minister on Thursday morning. The right wing of the Labor Party will support her. They all fear an Abbott Government; the unions because of the loss of some minor power they have in the workplaces under Rudd and Gillard’s Workchoices lite; the Parliamentary members because they will lose their seats. Will Julia […]

Population – more dog whistling than at Crufts

The environmental crisis is a crisis of production for profit, not population. It can only be addressed by democratic planning where human need rather than profit is paramount.

Abbott, paid parental leave and the ghost of Bob Santamaria

Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme is more generous than Kevin Rudd’s. The leader of the Opposition says it will cost about $3 billion a year to pay for six months’ full replacement of wages  up to $150,000. The Government’s scheme comes into effect on 1 January 2011 and provides the minimum wage (currently around $543) for […]

Striking workers defy Government

The Woodside workers deserve to be treated like human beings, rather than animals. They have every right to strike for as much as they can get.

Will Labor jail our teachers?

Teachers have banned national numeracy and literacy tests. The results from these tests will become league tables and reinforce the cycle of lower funding for schools with students from less well off backgrounds. Rather than addressing problems the tests will reinforce them. The teachers’ ban is about protecting students. However under Labor’s industrial relations laws such action is […]

Turn the racists back, not refugees

Australian Opposition leader Tony Abbott wants to turn refugee boats back out to sea. As Abbott points out this was also the position that now Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd adopted in the last days before the federal election in 2007. The Liberals are desperate and with a bit of refugee bashing they hope to re-connect with the […]

Abbott the environmentalist?

Climate change denier Tony Abbott is about as fair dinkum an environmentalist as Kevin Rudd. Abbott won leadership of the Liberal Party with the support of Nick Minchin, the man who denies global warming at all and claims the whole thing is a left wing plot to de-industrialise Western society. Abbott’s victory over pro-ETS leader Malcolm […]

I did not have sex with her

Forget media manipulated sex scandals. What really matters is the lack of class struggle in Australia that allows mediocrities like Rann and Rudd to rise to the top of the Labor Party and government.