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December 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 'Sport'

Sport is politics

Sport is a reflection of society and attempting to suppress a song about love is a very political move, I write in Independent Australia.


The Ali Fahour incident and an unseeing society

The tolerance of violence in sport is a symptom of a far greater malaise involving a largely unseeing society, I write in Independent Australia.

Fighting for justice for Essendon players

Given the power imbalance in professional sports like AFL (and the National Rugby Leagues too) between the players and their clubs it is unjust to import guilt to players whose only fault was to follow the instructions of their employer. This same employer gave them assurances everything was above board.

To me penalising the players for something the boss forced on them is like blaming building workers for deaths and serious injuries on building sites. The point might be to challenge the power imbalance by striking to stop the bosses imposing their will on the players in the future. We on the left have to ask how that power imbalance between clubs and players can be overcome? A players’ strike? Other clubs providing top players to Essendon?

Greed, money, power…Sport’s key players

Corporations are the real owners and controllers of major sport in Australia and other Western nations writes Trevor Grant in Socialist Alternative. And when the driving force is profit, then you will always have a problem with presenting a fair and equitable playing field.

The federal sports minister, Kate Lundy, thumped the lectern at the press conference as she declared: “Today is about integrity in sport.” However, integrity was lost well before she joined the long list of politicians who have done little but support and promote a system that thrives on greed, money and power.

Sport: the new opium of the people?

Sport holds within it a view of human potential unshackled – of what we could all be in a society that didn’t grind us into dust.

The Socceroos, strikes and ‘un-Australian’ activities

Would you pay to watch the members of Football Federation Australia play football? I didn’t think so. Pay the Socceroos and all the other football workers a real wage increase.

Reflections on a game

Sometimes in life you have to do something different. This is a special report by our sports writer on a game of Australian Rules played last weekend – Collingwood against the Western Bulldogs. Like Kerry Packer, I’ve been to the other side. Unlike Packer, it was the Pies that did it, not polo ponies. Collingwood by […]

Socialism and football

Bill Shankly was the greatest Liverpool Football Club coach ever. Here is his view on life. ‘The socialism I believe in is everybody working for the same goal and everybody having a share in the rewards. That’s how I see football, that’s how I see life.’

Pies for premiers

One win and I can predict the future. The Woods are the goods.They’ll be fine in 09. The maggies aren’t daggies. The Pies will fly high. Oh dear, what with Collingwood (and St George in the NRL), it’s going to be a tough season ahead, as it always is. But it’s good to dream and […]