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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 'Top ten 2013'

Top ten 2013: Why I have resigned from Socialist Alternative

My hope is that the more reflective members of Socialist Alternative will take note of what I had to say and both acknowledge that there are problems and take action to address them. While such a current capable of organisational reflection rather than self-congratulatory backslapping does exist, whether it is able or willing to raise its concerns let alone have them addressed is a question for the future. It is to those comrades this article is addressed.


Top ten 2013: In defence of Socialist Alternative

Although written in late 2012, this article in defence of Socialist Alternative was one of the three most popular on my blog in 2013. It was arguing against a claim that Socialist Alternative was a cult.

Top ten 2013: The Bolivarian process after Chávez

This was one of the two most popular articles on my blog. Here is a snippet explaining where it came from.

The following was drafted by radical left Marea Socialista (Socialist Tide), a tendency within the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) that Chávez led until his death. The statement–which lists Carlos Carcione, Stalin Pérez Borges, Juan García, Zuleika Matamoros, Gonzalo Gómez and Alexander Marín as coauthors–takes stock of the current situation. It can be read in Spanish at full length on the website. It was translated into English by Todd Chretien and is reproduced here from Socialist Worker US in a condensed version.

Top ten 2013: Victoria Police viciously attack student demonstration

This article is one of the reasons I resigned from Socialist Alternative. I defended it from 30 October until 15 December when I found out, at the National Conference of the organisation, that ‘we bullshitted [about the demo] but got away with it.’ I felt betrayed that the organisation would lie to the working class and to its own members.

Here is a link to the the very popular pre- and post-15 December bullshit article Victoria Police viciously attack student demonstration.

Top ten 2013: Wipe the smile off Abbott’s face

The election of the Abbott government in September 2013 marked the logical conclusion of Labor’s six years of neoliberal reign and handover from one neoliberal government to another.

Here is a snippet from an article re-posted from Red Flag which talks about how to wipe the smile from Abbott’s face.

Top ten 2013: First they came for the bikies

The increasing demonisation of the enemy within serves a purposes – to tighten State control over working people.  Here is a snippet from this very popular article on the State coming for bikies first.

Top ten 2013: Report from Turkey – A Taste of Tahrir at Taksim

Turkey erupted mid-year with struggles against the Islamist Erdogan government. They have broken out again recently over corruption. This is a link to my re-posting of  a Turkish comrade’s report on the mid-year demonstrations. A snippet: This is not yet Tahrir. But demonstrations on the two continents of Istanbul, Asia and Europe at three in […]

Top ten 2013 – I could live on $6321 a week

I wrote this in early January 2013 after Jenny Macklin, the then Labor Party Minister in charge of making single parents even poorer said she could live on Newstart of $245 a week. Her ministerial salary at the time was $6321 a week.

My top ten most read articles in 2013 – equal ten (2)

Remember 4 years ago when Kevin Rudd said, when asked about the possibility of any climate change action coming out of the the Major Economies Forum, or the rich man’s club:

It is highly unlikely that anything will emerge from the MEF in terms of detailed programmatic specificity …

My top ten most read articles for the year – equal number ten

Coming in at equal number ten of my most read articles for 2013 is an article I wrote on 23 December 2012 asking how much tax does big business pay.