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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 'Politicians pay'

One rule for the rich …


My life as a socialist attack dog

Bronwyn Bishop: “”But I do know that there are socialists out there who want to attack free enterprise and anyone who sticks up for it.”

Daylight robbery

I have spent the past 48 hours examining my bank robbery records.

The Liberals’ real slogan: weddings, parties, anything – a reprise

I wrote this about parliamentary entitlements rorting back in October 2013. It has some interesting numbers in relation to senior Government figures including the PM and Brandis. I finish up by saying:

‘The AFP won’t investigate possible misuse of parliamentary expenses independently or systemically. They and the politicians are all part of the ruling class and won’t do anything to undermine the facade of parliamentary respectability.’

Nothing over the last few weeks has undermined my argument of almost 2 years ago. It has only reinforced it.

To read the whole article click here.

Pacing towards austerity

I wrote this article for Socialist Alternative. It is a combination of two recent articles on this site about well paid politicians and the Labor Government’s attacks on its workforce and the disadvantaged to produce a meaningless Budget surplus. The Labor government has launched a significant attack on its own employees by increasing the Orwellian […]

Massive pay rises for the one percent’s politicians

Put our politicians on the average wage of $70,000 or, even better, the median wage of $56000, so they can feel what we workers have to put up with day in and day out.

More pay for pollies?

So our politicians have won an extra 3% while the low paid had their wages frozen.  (This is on top of various allowance increases which can become salary when not spent.) Now the usual suspects are lining up barking for more pay for pollies – including putative Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce who wants the PM’s salary trebled […]

$90 now!

Let’s push for a $90 a week pay increase for workers and pensioners. If it is good enough for politicians it is good enough for those they serve.