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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 'Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste'

Occupez nos lieux de travail – Occupy our workplaces

If French workers do begin to occupy their workplaces, it opens up the possibility of a truly democratic society in which production is organised to satisfy human need.


Even in France the economy is ‘not out of the woods yet’…

This article, by Stéphanie Treillet, was first posted on the French New Anti-Capitalist Party site and can be found here. It is called Economie: pas de sortie de crise. Given Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan’s penchant for talking about Australia’s economy not being out of the woods yet, I have used their hackneyed phrase in my loose translation […]

Workers to pay again for ageing nuclear plants in France

In France the bosses are going to make workers pay for prolonging the life of ancient nuclear reactors.

The anticapitalist left in France

What is the future for Le Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste in France? It received 5% of the vote in France in the European elections. Its take is that voters stayed away because they rejected the new Europe of the bosses and because the major French parties ignored a referendum in 2006 which voted against the proposed […]

It’s their crisis, make them pay

The New Anti-capitalist Party (le Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste) in France is campaigning in the European elections in June on the slogan ‘Everywhere in Europe, don’t pay for their crisis’.

France – the aftermath of May Day

For French speakers there’s a debate on the the aftermath of May Day on Ripostes on France 5, which you can access through the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste site here.  Alain Krivine is the NPA speaker. It stops from time to time. Have patience.

All out for a general dream!

There’s a cute little video on the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste site in France urging people to get out on the streets for May Day.  For the first time all 8 trade union groups are supporting the strike.  There’s a joke in there too.  Greve in French means strike.  Reve means dream.  So a ‘reve generale’ is a general […]

Stop the sackings, now! – in French, mes amis

Interdire les licenciements et diminuer le temps de travail jusqu’à pouvoir embaucher avec un emploi stable et correctement payé – à 1500 euros net minimum – toutes celles et tous ceux qui sont au chômage, c’est tout à fait possible, c’est avant tout une question de rapport de force.

French workers, revolution and the lessons of history

Will French workers learn the lessons of history?  Can the strikes there lead to a democratic working class revolution with production organised to satisfy human need?  I wrote this piece – May ’68 in Paris – for Socialist Alternative last year. It may be one small contribution to the discussion. It was written well before the […]