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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)



Archive for 'Students'

Victoria police threaten academic

Me in Independent Australia. ‘Academic John Passant has been subjected to vile threats after writing about a recent demonstration against education cuts — and has traced some of them back to Victoria Police.’,5857

Victoria police viciously attack student demonstration

“Victoria Police clearly had a premeditated agenda of attacking our peaceful protest. They came out of nowhere. Riot cops moved in on the crowd and pulled people out. One of the first people they arrested, Lauren Stevenson, was unconscious as they pulled her towards the paddy wagon. We attempted to get an ambulance to her, but police said an ambulance would not be allowed to attend because she was under arrest. So they put her in the paddy wagon unconscious and drove away.”

Where does real change come from?

The radical historian Howard Zinn once said: “What matters is not who’s sitting in the White House. What matters is who’s sitting in!” If we want progressive change, we should take Zinn’s words to heart. Our side needs to get organised and rebuild a rank and file socialist current in the unions and an activist tradition on the campuses.

Macquarie University cracks down on anti-Abbott T-shirts

Student activists campaigning for same-sex marriage rights and wearing T-shirts with ‘Fuck Tony Abbott’ printed on them have been told to leave the Macquarie University premises.

Good Budget day protests against Labor’s attacks on higher education

The protests against Labor’s attacks on Universities have been a shot in the arm for student activists. But rebuilding the student movement will require a lot of work and left wing politics. We need more people in our student unions who do not shy away from criticising the government, who want to build grassroots organising collectives and who see ordinary people in the streets as the way to force change.

Left wins Curtin student elections

Students who ran with Left Action recognised that the Guild is not about offering a student perspective to the university management. The Guild needs to be oriented to defending students’ rights and giving students an avenue to be involved. This message clearly appealed to a significant layer of students. The recent elections are a victory for the left and have laid the basis for a serious campaign against the cuts at Curtin University in 2013.

Québec students win a great victory

Québec students organised and fought. They mobilised. They struck. They picketed. They demonstrated. They won. As the neoliberal project intensifies its attacks on higher education, there may be a lesson there for students and staff at Universities around the globe, including Australia.

Lessons for Australia from the victorious Quebec student strike

There are lessons from the magnificent and victorious Quebec student strike that are relevant for the whole higher education sector in Australia. The message is simple. If you don’t fight, you lose. If you do fight, you can win.

Québec students show the way: if you do fight you can win

The ANU School of Music defeat shows us that if you don’t fight you lose. Québec shows us that if you do fight you can win.

Québec students win strike

In Québec a student strike of 150,000 students last semester and now this semester looks as if it has won. The Parti Québecois has defeated the sitting Liberal government in provincial elections and promised to scrap the fee increases which prompted the strike. Of course mass, democratic direct action never wins, does it? I interviewed […]