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January 2022



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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 'Struggles'

Abbott ousted

We the people got rid of Abbott. We can get rid of the Liberals’ good cop, Turnbull, too. But we don’t want to see him replaced in 2016 with Bill Shorten as the neoliberal in sheep’s clothing. If we don’t fight we lose. Unite and fight whoever is in charge of the bosses’ neoliberal project.


The balaclavas are back on the wharves

The union movement is rallying around the sacked workers at Hutchison’s on the wharves in Sydney and Brisbane. We will not be intimidated by Hutchison’s tactics – we’ve seen it all before.

Organise global solidarity with Greek workers striking against austerity this Wednesday

Wednesday is the public sector general strike and the parliamentary vote on the Third Memorandum in Greece. There is a global call for solidarity with Greek workers striking against austerity. 5.30 pm Wednesday in every central square worldwide. Get cracking. Organise.

SYRIZA, struggle and the state

Alex Callinicos in Socialist Worker UK looks at the challenges facing Greece’s new left government—and the ideas behind its strategy. He concludes that revolutionary socialists should celebrate the new government’s victory and support the progressive measures it takes. But the entire Greek radical left will be judged by how successfully they promote working people’s self-organisation, confidence, and combativity. That is where the power to end austerity lies.

Elections, struggle and building the left

Why is there so little choice in Australian politics? The neoliberalism of all the parties is the surface answer; lack of class struggle the underlying answer.

Does the Australian ruling class really want that Liberal Party idiot as their next Prime Minister?

Abbott’s instability, his thought bubble approach to policy, his climate denialist base within the extreme right of the Liberal Party and the looming economic crisis in Australia all make for a possible tumultuous period of rule for the current leader of the Opposition and his by and large unremarkable front bench if they win, as they will, the next election.

The key will be class struggle. How much longer can Australian workers not fight?

What would an Abbott Government look like? Let me introduce Campbell Newman

The lack of a real union fight against the Bligh government laid the groundwork for a vicious anti-worker Newman government. The same lack of a union fight against the Gillard government is laying the groundwork for a vicious anti-worker Abbott Government.

The time has come to stand up against the Bobbsey twins of job slashing wage cutting neoliberalism, Labor and the coalition.

Resisting the neoliberalisation of universities

As the experience in other countries shows, university staff and students can and have fought back against neoliberalism and the commodification of education. It is a lesson students and staff at Australian universities are going to have to learn if we want to stop the rule of the educational barbarians and the horrific consequences that flow and will flow from their ascendancy.

Tax reform in Australia: a view from the left

Here is a link to a draft I wrote on tax reform in Australia: a view from the left. Hit the download button to read it all. (Warning, 40,000 words.)

Football, class and struggle

The players have the power to stop profits flowing to the AFL.

All they need is the will to do that and win whatever they want from the bosses.

Without labour there are no profits.

It is a lesson all Australian workers could learn.