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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 'Poems for a new world'

The breath of tomorrow is yours – a poem

The breath of tomorrow is yours   I stand with the illusionists And those who have illusions Well, those card men and women Who trick us to waste two dollars To survive Not two billion to thrive   And the illusioned? What do we say to them? That two dollar card games are tricks? They […]


Batter down the richest door

Batter down the richest door Mateship sailed, soiled, The myth of men, Of outback fuckers In a world of cities And out of luckers The equality of fools Of shared nothing The solidarity of tools Honed on the loneliness Of space The great white plains That exist in heads alone Explain too much And so […]

She rises the moon

She rises the moon   Every month God bleeds His needs, unmanned Her deeds, at hand The intersex of love Is caught, Between the two   This She knew And wild walked the side Until His feet bled, Well, heeled Between the end And the felt Stood potential Drained to gain Renewed the fame Again, […]

Can you recommend any poetry publishers?

Dear Readers   I am in the process of finalising my second volume of poetry. Any suggestions for a publisher who might be interested? It is a mix of personal and political.   You can buy signed copies of my first volume, Songs for the Band Unformed, (Ginninderra Press, 2016), from the Independent Australia shop […]

Understanding – a poem

Understanding I do not understand Marx In all his volumes I do not understand Hegel Apparently Lukacs loses me Totally some might say And yet I know the struggle Class against class Them and us The value that is exploitation Enough of sly references! Our side is my essence A man of emotions, Of guesses […]

The falling leaf – a poem

The falling leaf It is May Day There are no workers Marching past An old man sits next to me My old man Waiting, at last To be free This is your freedom, Dad It lives here now This is your freedom, Dad It lives in you now It is you You know how Let […]

Old school memories

I went past my old school today Saint John Vianney is its name On that first day 59 years ago, I ran away I should have kept going I remember the beatings, of others mainly The angry nuns, the shouting The fear of God, Beaten in, always beaten in With stories and the rod I […]


Retreating I can no longer be outgoing, I am retreating from the world, Knowing its horrors Forces me within Are they outside or in? The empathy that kills, kills The love that loves does, too The drunken haze of other days Returns, without the drink This is for you That makes me think Euripides was […]

An Awesome night of poetry and song

I’m excited to announce my collaboration with musical duo The Awesome.

My strength weakens me

My strength weakens me   Caught in the cusp of life My strength weakens me Not only ageing But disappearing It is not my time And will not be   What was strong is weak What was weak is weaker I am the wikileaks of life A leaker, Of insights unseen Of analysis has-been To […]