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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 Right'

Australian unions: all ads, no action

Amidst the greatest economic crisis since the 1930s, the ACTU gives us pathetic grovelling ads.

Andrew Bolt is right – Rudd could be a oncer

Andrew Bolt is right. Rudd could be a oncer.

What if Marx is right?

There is a dagger at the heart of capitalism. It is the tendency of the rate of profit to fall. If Marx is right about this tendency then it doesn’t really matter in the long term whether you are a stimulator or tax cutter, a Keynesian or a Friedmanite. Stimulus packages, tax cuts, letting business […]

Flag-waving mobs in violent racist attacks

The terrifying racist attacks in Manly, and Cronulla before that, are the result of ten years of hard work by John Howard’s Liberal government – with more than a little help from his friends and the tame cat “opposition” of the Labor Party. Jerome Small in Socialist Alternative analyses where this flag waving racism comes from.

The hazards of the burn off argument

Dr Don Driscoll, from the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University, has an interesting letter in the Canberra Times criticising ‘the burn off will prevent extreme fires’ argument. He describes the ‘calls for more land clearing and fuel reduction burning’ as ‘reactionary’ and ‘muddleheaded’. Why?

Crap corner – Coalition ‘blind-sides’ Labor on stimulus package

Dennis Shanahan is the political editor of The Australian newspaper.  In this weekend’s edition (7 February), in an article called  ‘Coalition’s surprise move on the $42 billion stimulus package turns the tables’, he writes: Malcolm Turnbull has blind-sided the Government over the $42 billion stimulus package and left Kevin Rudd politically flat-footed and frustrated. In […]

PJ O’Rourke admits the Right is a failure

The Australian Financial Review today (13 November) quoted P.J. O’Rourke from a November 8 article in the The Weekly Standard in the US.  P.J. O’Rourke is one of the shock jock writers for the Right in the US, but with quite a good style and turn of phrase.  The article has a scatological joke running […]