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June 2021



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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 'Satire'

John Passant is for sale on the international lecture circuit

With news that Tony Abbott has offered himself to the international talk circuit as one of the world’s greatest minds (minuses, surely) for only US$40,000, or about A$55,000, I think I will put my hand up for some gigs at half that price. But hurry, places are filling fast. Book John now.


War criminal Obama wins peace prize – satire lives

Barack Obama is a war criminal. He should be in leg irons before the International Court of Justice in The Hague.

Stalinism and the Public Service – the WHADWITYY B Principle

The public service is based on a Stalinist model. So says Professor Leonie Bronstein from the National University of Australia.

Crikey – have a go at this!

Crikey’s Poison Pen wants to attack lefties as well as  the usual right-wing ratbags. They name Manne and Adams as two possible candidates.  Lefties? Those two?  Oh dear!  I have been trying to suggest they give my writings a bollocking but can’t for some reason post a comment on their site.  If there are any […]

Cricket, crisis and creative destruction

Just as the present economic crisis is not due to the usual business cycle but represents something much deeper, so too the decline of Australian cricket. The very basis of Australian cricket is under threat from internal and external forces.

Stalinism and the Australian Public Service

Professor Leonie Bronstein is an acclaimed expert in Marxist behavioural analysis in a societal and organisational context. Her speciality is the Australian public service. I spoke to her recently at the National University of Australia and asked her what she was currently doing. “The Prime Minister funded a project for me last year on relational […]