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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 2012'

The ABC of Marxist economics – notes for a talk by Peter Jones at Marxism 2012

These are notes for a talk Peter Jones did at Marxism 2012 on the ABC of Marxist Economics.


Marxism 2012: a report from an interested party

The Conference showed me yet again that Socialist Alternative is an organisation serious about understanding the world around it, engaging with it and changing it where possible and debating ideas and developing its own in the context of Marxist thought. It is serious about turning the world upside down to rid it of poverty, war, exploitation, oppression and the real threat of environmental catastrophe.

We have the capacity to do all that now with the level of the productive forces already developed but a system designed for profit cannot and will not address in any meaningful way these issues. Capitalism chains us to the past. However it has created the majority class, the working class, with the power to do liberate humanity through setting up its own organs of rule and determining democratically what is to be produced. That is socialism.

For more information visit Socialist Alternative at

Saturday’s socialist speak out – the Marxism 2012 report

I am at Marxism 2012 in Melbourne. It is inspiring. The first night panel included activists from the US, the Philippines, Japan and Australia. I am sure they will agree with me that the night belonged to the brave, wonderful and fantastic Malalai Joya and her struggle, along with many more Afghan people, against the US occupation of her country and her equally strong rejection of and fight against fundamentalism.

Come to the Marxism 2012 Conference this weekend

The Marxism 2012 conference in Melbourne over Easter promises to be the largest left wing conference in Australia this year. From Thursday 5 April to Sunday 8 April, hundreds of activists, socialists, writers and revolutionaries from across the world and around the country will descend on Melbourne University Student Union to discuss and debate the issues confronting those of us who want to see a better world.

Marxism 2012: Revolution in the air – Mebourne from 5 April

MALALAI JOYA will be speaking at Marxism 2012 Opening Night session in Melbourne! With her on stage this coming Thursday night 5 April from 6.30 pm at Melbourne Uni will be numerous other international speakers.

John Pilger, Malalai Joya, Gary Foley, Mamdouh Habib and many many more – get your tickets to Marxism 2012 now!

Marxism 2012 will be run over 4 days during the Easter weekend in Melbourne Australia, Thursday April 5th – Sunday April 8th. The conference features over 70 sessions and international guest speakers on a huge range of topics – from radical history to women’s and LGBTI liberation, imperialism and the Middle East, socialist theory, the global economic crisis and workers’ struggles today.

Marxism 2012: Revolution in the air – a must attend conference for all leftists

Marxism 2012: Revolution in the Air over the Easter Weekend (April 5-8) features over 70 sessions including film maker John Pilger, Occupy Wall St activist Leia Pettey & anti-nuclear Japanese journalist Chie Matsumoto PLUS socialists and activists from Palestine, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, the Philippines, Greece, Zimbabwe and Egypt. Buy your tickets now @