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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 'Rugby league'

Women in League, cheer squads and domestic violence

The problem of domestic violence is systemic. It needs systemic solutions, not propaganda about the role of women in rugby league, nor stereotypes like cheer squads which reinforce the subordinate role of women in society and hence reinforce the very system which produces domestic violence.


Tony Abbott – bringing football fans together

Tony Abbott managed to unite the Bulldogs and Rabbitohs fans at the National Rugby League Grand Final. Both sides booed him.

Rugby League – the workers’ game?

Tickets prices for the Rugby League Grand Final: Grand Final Ticket Prices Adult Concession Junior Family Diamond $380 — — — Platinum $310 — — — Gold $245 $230 $215 $705 Silver $165 $120 $95 $420 Supporter Sections $165 $120 $95 $420 Bronze $80 $60 $50 $190 Note*: Service/Delivery fees from $5.35 will apply depending […]

On cloud nine, the Auckland Nines

The Dick Smith Auckland Nines was one of the best rugby league or indeed sporting tournaments I have ever attended. This was such a great few days of fast football and Auckland was so warm and welcoming that I will be going back next year, whenever it is held. I’d suggest you try to book early because it will become very expensive closer to the day next year and harder and harder to get seats.

The Dick Smith Auckland Nines definitely is hobbit forming.

Sport, racism and Australian society

Only overthrowing the current system can abolish the racism inherent in society, racism that breaks out regularly in football. That doesn’t mean waiting for the revolution. It means fighting racism in all its forms here and now.

It means defending refugees, defending Aborigines, defending 457 visa workers and making demonstrations for freedom and justice bigger and better, dogging Abbott and Gillard wherever they go and challenging the very system that produces the sickness in society that is the racism of capitalism.

It means supporting workers who have come here from across the globe who are in struggle and challenging the rule of capital. And it means building an organisation that links the various oppressions that arise to their underlying cause – capitalism. That is what Socialist Alternative is trying to do. Join with us in the fight for a world free of racism.

Ask the tinkler to play it again: Good knight to Benny and the Jets

It is working class supporters who will have to rally to the defence of the Newcastle Knights and force the National Rugby League, and the rich parasites who make money off the sport, to pay for the Knights’ survival.

Goodbye Artie

Rugby league is a very different game today because of Arthur Beetson. Thank you, Artie, and goodbye.

Benji Marshall: fighting back against racism

Benji Marshall took a swipe at racism. He is a hero, not a criminal.

We must support him and help build the forces of anti-racism in this country.

Rugby League: racist and sexist

The fight against racism in Rugby League must be the fight against racism in society, and against Labor’s racist policies on aborigines and refugees.

Should rugby league players go on strike?

If players want to win better rewards for themselves then the best way to do that is to do what many workers around the world know or have shown has a chance of winning – going on strike.