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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 'Socialist Alternative Canberra'

Sol Salbe: Antisemitism – a good idea to find the real culprit

Sol Salbe has posted on facebook the following introduction and link to his article on allegations of antisemitism against the Left, in particular against Socialist Alternative. The article includes a discussion of the evidence involved in the allegations of antisemitism against Socialist Alternative at the ANU.

I am reposting this with his permission.


Red Flag rises in Canberra

If you like Red Flag, if you want to fight back against capitalism and all its rotten ideas and outcomes, then you should not just read this new paper of the revolutionary left in Australia, you should sell it. If you want to smash the system then join with hundreds of other committed revolutionaries fighting for a better world. Join Socialist Alternative.

Fighting for women’s liberation

Fighting for Women’s Liberation A public discussion by Socialist Alternative Canberra 6 pm Thursday 30 May Room G 52 Haydon-Allen Building ANU Why are women still oppressed? Who profits from sexism? How do we challenge it? Join our discussion on sexism and how to fight it today.

Forthcoming ANU talks: Why Marx was right

There is an alternative to capitalism’s economic and environmental crises. It is socialism, a society organised democratically to satisfy human need. That can only come about by workers setting up their own democratic institutions to decide what to produce not for a profit but to address our needs as human beings.

The politics of George Orwell

These are a comrade’s speaking notes for a talk they did recently in Canberra on George Orwell. If comrades or others have suitable talking notes they would like published, let me know and I’ll see if they are appropriate for putting up on this blog.


The politics of George Orwell

In Canberra Socialist Alternative’s next public meeting is on the Politics of George Orwell. As John Pilger reminds us, ‘Orwell is almost our litmus test. Some of his satirical writing looks like reality these days.’ This talk reclaims Orwell for the left. 6 pm Thursday 8 November Room G 8 Moran building ANU

Women’s liberation: still a long way to go

Readers in Canberra might be interested in attending the Socialist Alternative meeting ‘Women’s liberation: still a long way to go’ at 6 pm on Thursday 8 March in Hayden Allen G 50 at the Australian National University.

Socialist Alternative Canberra forthcoming events

Socialist Alternative Canberra 6pm Thurs 9 February ‘Is inequality inevitable? Trying to be human under capitalism.’ Room G50 Haydon-Allen, ANU

Ideas to change the world; Marxism versus anarchism

6 pm Thursday 20 October Room G 52 Hayden-Allen Building Australian National University. A Socialist Alternative Canberra meeting.

Recession, Racism and Austerity: Why London is Burning

Recession, Racism and Austerity: Why London is Burning 6:00 pm this Thursday (18 August), Room G052 Haydon-Allen Building, ANU The riots that have swept Britain are the result of deep and growing inequality, unemployment and poverty, systematic police harassment and racism, and many young people feeling they have no future as the capitalist crisis deepens. […]