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August 2020



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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 'Lindsay Tanner'

A sinister plot to destroy Labor?

Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner was on the 7.30 Report bemoaning the fact that the Greens had a sinister plot to destroy Labor. I think Labor is doing a pretty good job of destroying Labor without needing any help from the Greens.


Is Lindsay Tanner a goner?

I wonder if Lindsay Tanner is supporting the Labor Racist Party in jailing innocent boat people without trial. I ask, not because I think Tanner is any different to the other reprehensibles in this Labor Government – more intelligent and articulate than most granted – but because I wonder if his inner-city seat might now […]

Whatever happened to the ALP left?

Peter Garrett’s decision to approve more uranium mining shows the futility of joining the Labor Party to change the world. The party changes you.

Geoscience Australia loses its way

150 jobs – that’s how many contractors this financial year won’t have their contracts renewed at Geoscience Australia.   It means 20 percent of the workforce won’t be there after 30 June.  The agency has also frozen recruitment and new equipment purchases. Why?  Declining budgets now and into the future. In other words the Rudd Labor […]

Jobs being slashed, but bosses paying themselves millions

In a recent article in Socialist Alternative Louise O’Shea argues that workers rights should come before profits, and if that means operating companies at a loss, or booting out the management altogether, then that is what should happen. Such actions could be part of a wider fight for a society where profitability is no longer […]

Labor will dexter the public service

Lindsay Tanner will not take a meat axe to the public service. He’ll dexter it. Although the techniques are very different, the results are the same. Tanner will destroy public service jobs, programs and lives. In Long-term sustainable growth, a speech Tanner gave to the National Press Club on 11 March, the Minister for Finance said: The Rudd Government inherited an […]