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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 'Top ten 2015'

The most read article in 2015: Pensioners in poverty – Australia is the second worst in the OECD for paying its pensioners

I posted this in December 2015. It was the number one article for the year. I say in part:

‘More than one third of Australian pensioners live in relative poverty. The OECD average is 12 percent of pensioners. Of OECD countries only South Korea is worse.’

To read the whole article, including the OECD graph which captures this, and to find the link to the OECD report, click here.

Pensioners in poverty – Australia is the second worst in the OECD for paying its pensioners


Number 3 in my top ten for 2015 – I hate Australian capitalism; will I be stripped of my Australian passport?

I wrote this in May 2015 in response to the Abbott government proposals to strip Australian citizenship from those who hate ‘our values’. Here is part of what I said:

‘The terrorism hype and changes to our immigration laws throw away basic rights to a trial and give incredible powers to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. They undermine our freedoms here and now. They set a dangerous precedent. They prepare the way for further criminalising dissent in Australia.’

To read the whole article click here. I hate Australian capitalism. Will I be stripped of my Australian passport?

Coming in at number 7 in the top 10 in 2015 – Company tax avoidance in Australia: is it just one bad Apple?

In this top ten article, written in March 2014 (so with some sort of enduring interest) I wrote among other things:

‘Company tax avoidance is not a failing of capitalism: it is its logical expression. There are two ways to really tax the rich. The first is for workers to win bigger pay increases to stop the bosses getting their hands on more of our money before they can play funny buggers with it. The second is to overthrow the capitalist system which produces corporate tax avoidance.’

To read the whole article click here. Company tax avoidance in Australia: is it just one bad Apple?

Coming in at number 9 in the Top Ten of 2015: The Canberra Anti-Racism Rally kicked their sorry arses

I wrote this in July after I had just got back from the Canberra Anti-Racist Network rally against the racists and fascists from Reclaim Australia. It was fantastic. There were about 30 of them and 150 of us. We spoke about how they were responding to Tony Abbott’s agenda of fear and division and his talk of Team Australia. Demonising refugees, attacking Aborigines and belittling Muslims all combine, in times of a worsening economy, to give a spark to the racists and fascists and their simplistic and very very dangerous rubbish. You can read the whole article here.

Top ten 2015 – number ten: A letter to disillusioned Labor Party supporters

2015 has seen an interesting array of well read articles, with one perennial from late 2013 up there still.
Coming in at number ten was ‘A letter to disillusioned Labor Party supporters’, written in July 2015 after the ALP National Conference decided not to ban turning back asylum seeker boats.