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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 parental leave'

Franking credits and paid parental leave

Some at least of Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme will be paid for by the reduction in franking credits, and thus reducing superannuation fund returns and those of mum and dad investors


Parental leave, the minimum wage and the end of civilisation

Those nasty unionists have been arguing for a $27 a week increase in the minimum wage from its current ‘exorbitant’ $544 a week. The end is nigh. Or so the bosses tell us. There are about 1.4 million workers whose salary is dependent in some way on the minimum wage. Paying them a slight increase will […]

Labor’s crap parental leave scheme

The Liberal’s parental leave scheme offers six months on replacement wage or the minimum wage, whichever is the higher, with superannuation. So much for the apologists for Labor who argue the ALP scheme – 18 weeks on the minimum wage – is more generous and equitable. I say that not as an apologist for the […]

Abbott, paid parental leave and the ghost of Bob Santamaria

Tony Abbott’s paid parental leave scheme is more generous than Kevin Rudd’s. The leader of the Opposition says it will cost about $3 billion a year to pay for six months’ full replacement of wages  up to $150,000. The Government’s scheme comes into effect on 1 January 2011 and provides the minimum wage (currently around $543) for […]

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 […]