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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 'Scott Morrison'

Is Scott Morrison really the best the Liberal Party can do?

Prime Minister Morrison describes replacing sitting Prime Minister Turnbull as about ensuring the Coalition puts its “best foot forward” at the next election. Independent Australia Canberra correspondent John Passant reports.


Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Ten days that did not shake the world

Scott Morrison’s timidity and inaction have been driven by the irreconcilable differences between the moderates and conservatives within the Government and the rejection of the Coalition’s brand of neoliberalism by many workers and others.

Scott Morrison: the new face of neoliberalism

Former Treasurer Scott Morrison is the new neoliberal Prime Minister, but the right-wing reactionaries in the Liberal Party will never be appeased, writes Independent Australia’s Canberra correspondent John Passant.

Australia’s latest Prime Minister

After three days of fighting to the death and destroying a Prime Minister, the Liberal Party has a new leader: Scott Morrison. In Independent Australia I discuss the change of Prime Minister.

Taking a scalpel to the poor, unemployed, students and workers: Budget 2017

Unlike the Abbott/Hockey sledgehammer approach, this Turnbull/Morrison 2017 Budget is still cutting off our arms and legs but anaesthetising us first, says John Passant in Independent Australia.

Scott Morrison’s taxed-nots

Scott Morrison’s “taxed nots” rhetoric is a cruel victimisation of Australia’s most vulnerable, writes John Passant in Independent Australia. To read the whole article click here. ScoMo’s taxed-nots

Hey unions – how about fighting for big wage increases as compensation if the GST goes up from 10% to15%?

Since the income tax cuts to compensate for increasing the GST will not deliver real and lasting compensation for workers, and since workers are the one group in society with the power to fix that, the task of militants in our trade unions should be to argue for and organise around winning wages increases to compensate for any increased GST. Over to you militant unions and class conscious workers. Just the threat of GST wage increase strikes might cause some ruling class members to hesitate about increasing the GST. And it might help unions win back some working class support.

Australia does not have a spending problem

Tax the rich and slash defence spending? The Liberals – ha ha ha. Labor – ha ha ha.

Some moral lecturing for Scott Morrison

Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says he ‘will not take moral lectures from Bill Shorten or Sarah Hanson-Young on border protection.’

Perhaps then he could try Jesus Christ for a change.

It’s the St Louis all over again

In 1939 the US turned back the boat the St Louis with 939 Jews on board. It went back to Europe. Estimates are that at least 250 of those Jews died in the Holocaust. It is the same logic that sees Australian ‘Border Protection’ Minister Scott Morrison return asylum seekers to the war criminals and human rights abusers in charge of Sri Lanka.