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October 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 'Teachers'

Victorian teachers: don’t accept the rotten deal

Finally, after two years of campaigning and a series of record-breaking strikes, the Australian Education Union and the Victorian Government have struck a deal. There’s some good news, and plenty of bad writes AEU delegate Manolya Moustafa in Socialist Alternative. So bad in fact that AEU members should vote against accepting this agreement.


Teachers, terrorism and the dead in Afghanistan

We are the terrorists. Bring the troops home.

Teachers’ craven leadership surrenders without a fight

We are witnessing the slow agonising death of public education in Australia and the current AEU leadership is now leading the charge.

From Melbourne Storm to schools – money wins

The News Ltd owned rugby league team the Melbourne Storm and the school league tables in today’s News Ltd owned newspaper The Australian have a common message – money wins. Rugby League’s response to the dictatorship of the free market was to impose a salary cap on the clubs, a cap which is really a […]

Canberra Labor Government directs its workers to scab on teachers

Here in Canberra local Labor Party Education Minister Andrew Barr has threatened teachers who impose any NAPLAN test bans with the loss of four hours pay under Rudd’s workchoices law, the Fair Work Act. Can somebody explain to me again what exactly the difference is between Labor and the Liberals? The Australian Education Union’s response does […]

Will Gillard try to jail our teachers?

Labor will attack teachers. When it does the teachers have the opportunity to defeat the league tables by striking and smashing Labor’s penal powers.

Julia Gillard is the Peter Reith of the Labor Party

Julia Gillard is the Peter Reith of the Labor Party. Of course she’s more nuanced, more articulate and has more influence over the trade union movement than Reith. That makes her more dangerous to workers and more useful to the bosses. Her value to capital and closeness to the trade union and Labor Party bureaucrats explains why, if […]

Teachers’ union is right to oppose school league tables

On January 28 the My School website was launched with great fanfare – but in the face of strident opposition from teacher and parent organisations. They are rightly concerned that the information published there will inevitably be used to construct “league tables” that will “name and shame” many schools – especially those in the underfunded […]

Will Labor jail our teachers?

Teachers have banned national numeracy and literacy tests. The results from these tests will become league tables and reinforce the cycle of lower funding for schools with students from less well off backgrounds. Rather than addressing problems the tests will reinforce them. The teachers’ ban is about protecting students. However under Labor’s industrial relations laws such action is […]

Sunny day, everything’s A-okay

THIS MONTH marks the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street, the television show that may have had a greater impact on the lives of multiple generations of people around the globe than any other.