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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 'Mining maggots'

Me on the mining tax

My article ‘The Minerals Resource Rent Tax: The Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change’ has been published in (2014) 27 (1) Accounting Research Journal 19. If you have University Library access you can have a read if your library has subscribed. It borrows from the ideas of Tom Bramble and Rick Kuhn about […]


Australia’s mining barons stole the boom

The resources boom has been an El Dorado for big and dirty capitalism. Now that the capitalists see the writing on the wall, they are preparing to launch another round of attacks. Our side got nothing from the boom. We sure as hell shouldn’t have to pay for the bust.

Is Clive Palmer mining nuts now?

When the Sun kings of profit get challenged the ideology of their empires is threatened and the nudity of their worth stands for all ordinary working people to see. So having not lived in the real world of work, of labour, they do what they always do – invent a self serving story.

If the economy worsens or the Greens actually begin to exercise some power instead of being Democrats in waiting, what Palmer said about them will be a small taste of much worse to come as the rich maggots squirm and worm to protect their rotting patches.

More rich bastards rattle their pearls in protest

It’s the interests of the rich schools, the rich miners, the big polluters and the other billionaire bludgers whom Gillard and her Labor Party serve.

Who really rules Australia?

For Marxists it’s not such much “whoever you vote for, the government always wins” but “whoever you vote for, the capitalists always win”. As Marx himself put it in The Communist Manifesto: “the bourgeoisie has…since the establishment of modern industry and of the world market, conquered for itself, in the modern representative State, exclusive political sway. The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.”

A citizens’ dissembly?

The citizens’ assembly is a Rudd like trick to give the impression of doing something when not actually doing anything at all on climate change. Remember the 2020 summit?

Mining bosses win – we lose

$14 billion for the mining bosses, nothing for those in need; it shows you where Labor’s priorities lie and who they rule for.

The real face of the mining maggots

Remember those nice mining company people who opposed the Resource Super Profits Tax for purely altruistic reasons – the economy, their workforce, mine workers’ jobs and wages? Xstrata workers have gone on strike and set up a five day picket line to win a decent deal from these caring sharing bastards.

The lies of the mining maggots

The mining maggots don’t give a toss about jobs. All they care about is their huge profits. During the global financial crisis guess who sacked tens of thousands of workers? The mining maggots.  They got rid of 15 percent of their workforce. So much for their concern about jobs. Here’s how the head of the Treasury, Ken Henry, put it, […]

The mining maggots Part II

I agree with Tony Abbott! He said the Prime Minister should stop calling the mining maggots ignorant liars. That’s true. They are deliberate liars. Truth in politics is very important.