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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 'Pensioners'

The left attacking pensioners

Got to love how some on the left are lining up with all those right wingers attacking ‘rich’ pensioners.


Raise the pension by $200 a week; make it universal

I am for a universal pension. This would be a pension for everyone over the age of 65. It would be a pension that is well above the poverty line.

The most read article in 2015: Pensioners in poverty – Australia is the second worst in the OECD for paying its pensioners

I posted this in December 2015. It was the number one article for the year. I say in part:

‘More than one third of Australian pensioners live in relative poverty. The OECD average is 12 percent of pensioners. Of OECD countries only South Korea is worse.’

To read the whole article, including the OECD graph which captures this, and to find the link to the OECD report, click here.

Pensioners in poverty – Australia is the second worst in the OECD for paying its pensioners

Pensioners in poverty – Australia is the second worst in the OECD for paying its pensioners

More than one third of Australian pensioners live in poverty. The OECD average is 12 percent of pensioners. Of OECD countries only South Korea is worse. Let that sink in. Slovakia, Greece, Poland, Estonia, Slovenia and Turkey, for example, all treat their pensioners much better than the Australian government does. Instead of Australian Productivity Commission suggestions that pensioners reverse mortgage their homes or downsize, maybe we should tax the rich and abolish their superannuation and other tax concessions to pay for an increase in pensions in Australia to take all pensioners out of poverty.

Greens fall for Liberals’ divide and conquer tactics

While we are splitting hairs arguing over which worker is slightly richer than other workers, and admiring the government for its sleight of hand in giving a few crumbs to a few pensioners, the rich are laughing all the way to their tax free superannuation bank. And it is not just superannuation. As ACOSS has revealed in its report Inequality in Australia: A nation divided, inequality continues to increase in Australia. As the report says ‘a person in the top 20% wealth group has around 70 times more wealth than a person in the bottom 20%.’ The main winners out of this winner/loser strategy are the Abbott Government and the really rich. The government will use the same divisive model again. Public school fees anyone?

Pension cuts and the Greens

In their eagerness to prove their ‘realistic and pragmatic’ credentials the Greens have been sold a pension pup that attacks retired workers but leaves the superannuation of the rich untouched.

From the end of the age of ‘entitlement’ to the beginning of the age of resistance?

The demonstrations and meetings against the Budget over the last week are an encouraging sign. Are we witnessing the end of the age of entitlement and the beginning of the age of resistance? We on the left need to be arguing for and helping rank and file workers and others to organise demonstrations and strikes in the fight against the bosses’ Budget.

The pension at 70?

If we don’t fight we will lose. The 25000 who turned up to the May Day Rally in Brisbane on Sunday show the will to resist is there. They have seen the Abbott future. Its name is Campbell Newman. Now to turn the will to fight back into action. The union bureaucrats won’t do that. Most of them will gasbag for a little while and then surrender without any fight at all, without any strikes. That is why it is important for us to organise in our unions against Abbott’s attacks and for a better life.

Lift the pension age or tax the rich?

They are waging class war against us. The Productivity Commission pension recommendations are just one part of that war.

Isn’t it time we fought back instead of turning the other cheek and being smashed by the bosses and their politicians in both major parties every bloody day?

They are burning us out. Instead of increasing the pension age, cut it to 60.

The time for a 30 hour week is now.  The time for taxing the rich is now.

The time for fighting back is now.

Superannuation for the rich?

A universal benefits scheme such as the age pension for all people over 65 and steeply progressive income tax rates and wealth and wealth transfer taxes are traditional left wing approaches to make the rich support the poor and less well off in society. It is time to tax the rich and that means getting rid of their tax rorts like superannuation tax concessions.