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Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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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)



Archive for 'rate of profit'

Labor’s crisis is about politics and policies, not personalities

Labor’s crisis is about politics and policies, not people. It doesn’t make much difference if Labor is led by Gillard or Rudd or some other snake oil sales person – the pro-profit and pro-business policies of the party would be much the same.


Random thoughts on reformism, profit rates and the demise of Larvatus Prodeo

I’ll miss Larvatus Prodeo and the cogent arguments it often gave for social democratic thought and policy. But for me the need to communicate socialist ideas to a wider audience continues and I can see no better way of doing that than through this blog and my activity as a member of Socialist Alternative.

Would a 30 hour week save Australian cricket?

It’s time for a campaign for a 30 hour week without loss of pay. Such a week merely returns to workers some of the gains in productivity we have made over the last 30 years, and which the bosses have stolen from us. It will also help reduce unemployment and underemployment. Calls for cutting the working week have a […]

Tax and propping up profits

The Labor Government’s Resource Super Profits Tax is about redistributing wealth – from one section of the ruling class to the rest. The RSPT will tax the so-called super profits of Australian mining companies. Rudd Labor will use the $9 billion it raises to cut the company tax rate and thus increase after tax profits […]

Of public toilets, speeding cars and revolution

Evidently the people of Sydney don’t go to the toilet. That’s the only conclusion I can draw from the lack of public conveniences in the city. Even the train stations didn’t have loos (or at least none I could easily find). At first I thought the lack of public toilets was a plot to force us to use those […]