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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'

The Struggle Against Israeli Apartheid

      The Struggle Against Israeli Apartheid   Socialist Alternative will be having a public discussion on the nature of Zionism and the Israeli state, the oppression of the Palestinians and the way forward in the struggle for liberation. 6.00 pm Thursday 5 May Haydon-Allen G052, Australian National University    

Pornography, Raunch Culture and Women’s Liberation Today

The rise of so-called ‘raunch culture’ – pornographic music videos, pole dancing classes, etc – has provoked ongoing controversy on the gains of feminism and the status of women in society today.

In this meeting we look at these issues on the basis of a Marxist understanding of women’s oppression under capitalism.

Why North Korea and Cuba aren’t socialist

Why Cuba, Vietnam and North Korea are not socialist. A Canberra Socialist Alternative talk this Thursday (7 October) 6 pm room G 52 Haydon-Allen Building ANU. Visit or email for more details.

Socialist Alternative forthcoming Canberra events

Socialist Alternative stall and speakout for refugees at the University of Canberra Socialist Alternative will be holding a stall and speak out for refugees at the University of Canberra this Thursday 15 April on the Concourse from 12.30 for an hour. Join us at the stall and speakout.    At 1.30 pm or so we will go to […]

Forthcoming leftwing events in Canberra

With Barack Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize winner who has doubled US troops in Afghanistan, coming to Canberra in late March, Socialist Alternative’s next two public talks will be looking at the war in Afghanistan and presenting Indonesian socialist Ignatius Mahendra Kusumawardhana on Obama’s role as the new face of US imperialism.    And don’t forget Marxism 2010 in Melbourne over […]

Fighting for women’s liberation

Julia Gillard is Deputy Prime Minster. Quentin Bryce is Governor-General. The premiers of New South Wales and Queensland are women.   Women make up almost half the workforce.   Yet working women are paid 17% less for work of equal value. They are under-represented in senior jobs in most industries.   Abortion is still a crime in some states (including Anna […]

What is the real Marxist tradition?

What is the real Marxist tradition? Socialist Alternative stall today (Wednesday 10 February) from 12.30 pm on the concourse at the University of Canberra near the entrance to the refectory. This will be followed by our discussion on what is the the real Marxist tradition. Meet at 1.30 pm today at the stall on the concourse for […]

White Australia has a black history

White Australia has a Black History 6 pm Thursday 4 February Room G 31 Copland Building Australian National University. Socialist Alternative Canberra.

Canberra Socialist Alternative picnic

Socialist Alterative members, family and friends will be having a social picnic on Black Mountain Peninsula at 1pm Saturday 14th November 2009. The weather is expected to be beautiful and sunny. Please bring your own food and drinks. There are barbecues, children’s play equipment and public toilets. We will meet in the car park on […]

Why is Labor so rightwing?

  Why is Labor so right wing? Rudd has continued the racist NT intervention. His Fair Work Commission has frozen the wages of the low paid. His industrial legislation is John Howard’s Workchoices Lite.  He has increased troops in Afghanistan.  His Emissions Trading scheme transfers billions of our wealth to the polluters. But it would be a […]