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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 'Keynesianism'

Cut profits, not wages

The reality for the working class is that to defend jobs and living standards they will have to strike, despite the opposition of Rudd Labor and the ACTU.


Rudd’s Howard continuity: tax cuts for the rich

The HowRudd Government is giving CEOs at least an extra $41 a week in tax cuts, but has nothing for those earning less than $34,000. That is Labor for you.

A fascist future for Europe?

Is fascism on the first step of its long march across Europe?

No one’s job is safe

“I wouldn’t say anyone’s job was safe.” Sometimes politicians tell the unadorned truth. Kim Carr, Labor’s Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, did that the other day when he warned about forthcoming massive job losses in Australia. Apart from saying anyone could lose their job, he also told 3AW  that “these are difficult times, we […]

Interest rates unchanged

The Reserve Bank of Australia has kept interest rates unchanged. The cash rate remains 3.25 per cent.  As the economy tanks – unless the inflation bogey is scaring the Bank more than mass unemployment –  the RBA is likely, in my opinion, to slash this figure next month. 

Billions for bombs, nothing for mums

Labor sees paid maternity leave as an impediment to keeping women out of the workforce. So they won”t introduce it.

Economic crisis:Recession and rebellion

Australia is not immune from the economic crisis. Class struggle in response to the ferment can break out here too.

We have the same class divisions as other countries. Our bourgeoisie and Governments will attempt to shift the burden of the crisis onto workers. That of course is already happening with wage freezes, reduced hours and sackings, and stimulus packages aimed at bolstering profits, and promoting attacks on wages.

A new audience for socialist ideas?

The mood on campus is different this year – more questioning. On Wednesday I was manning the Socialist Alternative stall at the Australian National University with a few other comrades for the beginning of the academic year. Of course there are still the usual party, party, party people. (By that I mean those interested in […]

The madness of capitalism

Last year there were about 6 million homeless in the US. At the moment about 5 million Americans face imminent foreclosure and many will end on the streets if that happens. There are 18 million empty homes. The solution seems obvious, doesn’t it? Let the homeless live in the empty dwellings. Instead there is a […]

What if Marx is right?

There is a dagger at the heart of capitalism. It is the tendency of the rate of profit to fall. If Marx is right about this tendency then it doesn’t really matter in the long term whether you are a stimulator or tax cutter, a Keynesian or a Friedmanite. Stimulus packages, tax cuts, letting business […]