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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 'Rudd Labor'

Labor: making the Liberals look good

Is the Rudd Labor Government mortally wounded? Or is it just resting? A Sun-Herald/Taverner poll shows both parties at 50 percent on a two party preferred basis. So we have gone from Labor a few months ago in the stratosphere with nearly 60 percent of the 2PP vote to now being neck and neck with the […]

Garrett’s gotta go

Burn in the fires of the market you lit Minister Garrett.

The Business Council has a plan – make working people pay

The Business Council of Australia has a plan – a plan to make the poor and working people of Australia pay for the crises of capitalism. In its Budget submission the BCA argues the Government must reduce the budget deficit.  This fear of deficits is a conservative furphy. Our Government debt is one of the lowest […]

Power to the people?

Is it any wonder some might be tempted by Abbott’s siren song of people power when he sings it more sweetly than Labor?

Liberals outflank Labor on paid maternity leave

With the more generous Liberal paid paternity leave plan Labor look like a bunch of risk averse conservatives with little understanding of the lives of working women. Which is what they are, really.

Labor – making the Liberals look good

The Coalition has overtaken the Labor Government on primary votes in the latest Newspoll. Labor – making the Liberals look good.

Striking workers defy Government

The Woodside workers deserve to be treated like human beings, rather than animals. They have every right to strike for as much as they can get.

Will Labor jail our teachers?

Teachers have banned national numeracy and literacy tests. The results from these tests will become league tables and reinforce the cycle of lower funding for schools with students from less well off backgrounds. Rather than addressing problems the tests will reinforce them. The teachers’ ban is about protecting students. However under Labor’s industrial relations laws such action is […]

Tax the rich: and so say all of us

Australians think we should tax the rich and big business more and the poor and middle income earners less.  And we should spend more on health and education. These are the unsurprising findings of a Per Capita tax survey of 1000 Australians released yesterday. Per Capita summarises its findings this way: Australians believe in a progressive […]

Polluters the big winners from Emissions Trading Scam

‘The Liberal Party is currently led by people whose conviction on climate change is that it is ‘crap’ and you don’t need to do anything about it. Any policy that is announced will simply be a con, an environmental fig leaf to cover a determination to do nothing.’                                            – deposed Liberal Party leader […]