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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 'Pope Francis'

Of Catholics, refugees and drowning at sea

Christmas Island is an island much like Lampedusa. The Pope’s sentiments, stripped of their religious overtones, give a hint of an alternative way to treat refugees – not with brutality and demonising, not with indifference or even hate, but with compassion and love. Maybe it’s time to invite the Pope to Christmas Island to deliver another homily in praise of refugees and to rail against the brutality of our asylum seeker death system and all the asylum seeker death systems the industrialised world has set up, to rail against those politicians who promulgate a culture not just of indifference but of hatred.

Of course neither the good Catholic nor the devout Christian will heed the Pope’s plea because their real religion is power, and power under capitalism in an advanced Western country means brutalising the poor and the defenceless, especially refugees, to make the world even safer for the rich and powerful and their profits.That is why we need not prayers but a socialist alernative to fight for refugees and justice in an unjust world.


Refugees, the Pope and Tony Abbott: a tale of two Catholics

As the Opposition bays for the blood of refugees and Labor delivers a foul disgusting anti-asylum seeker policy and ramps up its anti-refugee rhetoric, I wonder if the Christian Kevin Rudd and the practising Catholic Tony Abbott got the Pope’s message of love and welcoming for all refugees.