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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 'The Australian'

Right wing nut jobs, Bill Shorten is no Jeremy Corbyn

  Rightwingers think painting Bill Shorten as a radical will scare voters away from Labor. They’re wrong on all counts, I write in Independent Australia.


The Costa A cartoon the ‘free speech’ Australian would never publish

Costa A nails it.  

Bill Leak, The Australian and racism

My latest article in Independent Australia has just been published. To read the whole article click here to go through my blog site to the IA site. The Oz cartoonist Bill Leak sparks social media outrage for racist cartoon

Gerard Henderson – the gift that keeps on giving

What do facts matter, Gerard, when dissing the left?

The Canberra Times or The Australian?

As the Canberra Times continues its conversion to conservatism and its cost driven agenda of regurgitation, the time approaches when, if my current mood survives, I will bid it farewell and return to The Australian and the battle against that newspaper’s various opinions and ideas. It at least is a more worthy opponent. And for revolutionary socialist analysis there is always Solidarity.

Greg Sheridan, The Australian and the rise of Jeremy Corbyn

I guess when your targeted audience is the Cory Bernardi faction of the Liberal Party rather than a wider, thinking audience, then ignorant tirades against a left wing opponent inspiring millions is about all we can expect in Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian. Laugh all you like Greg Sheridan. Current indications are that Corbyn will win the Labour leadership and the next British election.

The National ‘Reform’ Summit is about screwing workers

The reform impasse arises because the essential social democratic desires of the working class, born of the necessity to sell our labour power to survive, conflicts with the needs of capital to extract even more surplus value from us in the form of profits and the like, a profit which we create but which the bosses purloin as our unpaid labour.

The Australian and the contest of ideas

A variety of opinions? A contest of ideas? Only those writers imbued with the capitalist ethos are published in the mainstream media.

Australia’s media – more sit-com than satire

Thank heaven for The Australian.

The letter that Murdoch rejects

Perhaps my problem of non-publication in The Australian is that I articulate my case too well. One solution might be to have a real socialist like me write a weekly column for the Australian. I offer Cater’s endorsement in support of my application. I know The Australian, like me, is committed to diversity of opinion. I look forward to your offer of substantial remuneration for a regular column.