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September 2021



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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 'Paid maternity leave'

Paid parental leave – Abbott as Santamaria?

Abbot thinks (rightly I strongly suspect) that there are working women’s votes in taxing big business to fund his 6 month fully paid parental leave scheme.  In fact taxing big business will resonate among many workers generally. Is this the Santamaria in Abbott surfacing? Sharan Burrows’ response – it’s to divert attention away from Workchoices and will […]


Liberals outflank Labor on paid maternity leave

With the more generous Liberal paid paternity leave plan Labor look like a bunch of risk averse conservatives with little understanding of the lives of working women. Which is what they are, really.

Social democracy rules, OK?

Social democratic controlled burning won’t prevent the firestorm of the Great Recession from destroying hundreds of millions of lives across the globe. Rudd Labor will fan the flames.

Rugby League – smashed or just wobbly?

Sexism and the devaluation of women are inherent to of our class society. Let’s all work now to stop violence against women. But let’s also work for a future society in which all human beings are treated with respect.