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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 'Marxism 2009'

Pilger peace prize

John Pilger has been awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.  Pilger spoke brilliantly at this year’s Marxism 2009 organised by Socialist Alternative. CDs of all the talks, including Pilger’s, are available from Socialist Alternative.  John has indicated he will be coming to Marxism 2010 next Easter in Melbourne.


764 attend Marxism 2009

Marxism 2009 over Easter in Melbourne was a great success.  764 people bought tickets.  There were some great talks, including international speakers from the US, Egypt, the UK and Greece. One highlight for me was when Barbara Shaw, an aboriginal activist, finished speaking at our final rally and hundreds of people, mainly young comrades, began spontaneously to chant ‘Always was, […]

Is this 1929 or 1989, or both?

Every strike contains the seeds of revolution. Therein lies our hope and our future.

Marxism 2009 a great success

The Marxism 2009 conference, held over the Easter weekend in Melbourne, was a great success. 764 people attended the event, hearing talks and panel discussions with left wing speakers from Australia and overseas. A full report of the conference will be published soon. Audio and video from the conference will also be available. Marxism 2010 […]

Marxism 2009 agenda

              Updated Program for Marxism 2009                   Easter weekend: Thursday April 9 until Sunday April 12 at Melbourne University For bookings and more information visit Marxism 2009 Thursday 9th April 6:30pm          Public meeting: Challenging capitalism and war: featuring a left wing activist from Egypt Mamdouh Habashi, American socialist and author of a new book on the Vietnam […]

Indigenous Activist Barbara Shaw speaks out against Racist Northern Territory Land Grab

Barbara Shaw, an Indigenous activist from Alice Springs, is speaking at Marxism 2009 on the Northern Territory Intervention: The latest land grab.

John Pilger at Marxism 2009

Socialist Alternative’s Marxism is the biggest and best left wing conference in Australia. Held over Easter in Melbourne, this year John Pilger,  one of the world’s great investigative journalists, will be having a question and answer session.  For details see marxism2009.

Marxism 2009 – Pilger, Habashi, Chit, Shaw, Kourkoulas, Kuhn …

Marxism 2009 Conference Easter weekend: Thursday April 9 until Sunday April 12 at Melbourne University Faced with a world dominated by war, inequality and deepening economic crisis, there is no better time to gather to discuss the crucial task of challenging capitalism and fighting for a better world. Marxism 2009 will bring together hundreds of […]

Marxism 2009 – the left-wing event of the year

Marxism 2009 is now only around 7 weeks away. Don’t forget to get your ticket! Hear speakers from around the world.  They include: left wing Egyptian activist Mamdouh Habashi; American socialist and author of a new book on the Vietnam War Joe Allen; Deutscher prize winning author Rick Kuhn; Lebanese socialist activist Bassem Chit; NT […]

Marxism 2009: Middle East speakers, and John Pilger

Every year, Socialist Alternative hosts its Marxism Conference over Easter at Melbourne University. This year Marxism 2009 promises to be a blockbuster of debate, discussion and elucidation. Israel’s current bombardment of Palestine has put the world spotlight back on events in the Middle East. With over 800, 900, 1000, 1300 Palestinians killed and thousands more […]