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January 2022



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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 'Rudd'

Defending asylum seekers against Labor’s attacks

While we are focused on the non-threat from the ‘other’, in this case asylum seekers, the bosses can put their hands deeper into our pockets. The immediate task for the left and for others concerned about Labor’s attacks on the most vulnerable must be to relate to the anger many decent Australians feel and help build the demonstrations scheduled over the next week and make them as militant as possible. As Martin Luther King has said “One has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” To that I would add unjust actions of government. That can only come about through mobilising people now in the fight and making the arguments for seriously challenging the injustice that is this rotten Labor government policy of deporting asylum seekers.


Rudd wins, but Labor is still a disaster zone

Kevin Rudd is once again leader of the Labor Party writes Mick Armstrong in Socialist Alternative. But the ALP remains an absolute disaster zone. Labor is still likely to face a devastating defeat in the upcoming elections – defeat at the hands of Tony Abbott, one of the most despised Liberal Party leaders ever. If Labor can’t beat a disgusting reactionary like Abbott, whose whole social outlook is completely out of kilter with the mass of workers in Australia, then it should immediately be put out of its misery.

Abandon the neoliberal policies and personalities, Labor

The ALP has lost its working class heartland, not because of who leads it but because of its rotten neoliberal policies. Abandon the neoliberal policies and personalities, Labor.

Lock Rudd up in the Curtin concentration camp

Almost everything this Rudd Labor Government does is reprehensible to me. There is not a shred of human decency in this pack of Labor political criminals parading as ‘my’ Government. From its dirty war in Afghanistan where Australian troops execute innocent Afghans to its Workchoices Lite threat to jail building workers and attack teachers, this Labor […]

A tale of two Labor jails: from abortion to the ABCC

Innocent people face jail under Labor’s laws for actions that should not be crimes. Abortion and industrial action are not crimes; they are rights.

Rudd’s message: all power to the casino capitalists

Rudd is going to hand back complete control to the casino capitalists and attack workers. What a great strategy for further disaster.

Programmatic specificity: what is Rudd talking about?

Has the politician who invented fair shake of the sauce bottle given up on talking to ordinary men and women? Programmatic specificity indeed!

Cut profits, not wages

The reality for the working class is that to defend jobs and living standards they will have to strike, despite the opposition of Rudd Labor and the ACTU.

Afghanistan – the new Vietnam?

The world is mad. Sending more troops to Afghanistan is our exit strategy!

Let us remember our fallen at work

Tuesday is the International Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job.  Last year 440 workers in Australia died at work and many more were injured.  One building worker a week loses their life on the job. I pay my respects to all those who have died or been seriously injured at or from […]