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September 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 'US politics'

Hillary Clinton is the candidate of Corporate America and business as usual in Washington

Hillary Clinton is mouthing populist rhetoric, but why should anyone believe her? asks Socialist Worker US. She is the candidate of Corporate America and business as usual in Washington.


US shutdown: Washington’s warring brothers

This month’s battles over the budget and the Tea Party Republicans’ fanaticism about the health care law obscure the two parties’ common commitment to austerity write the editors of Socialist Worker in the US.

A racist killer is acquitted in the US

Everyone who was horrified by Trayvon Martin’s murder a year ago and by the acquittal of his killer on Saturday night needs to raise their voice against this cruel injustice writes Socialist Worker US.

We don’t want “four more-of-the-same years”

Our side needs to organize and fight, as unionists, students, community members and political activists, no matter who’s sitting in the White House.

What’s the alternative to the two parties?

Above all, our side will need to figure out how to confront the austerity and oppression that will continue to come our way under the next 4 years of Obama.

Why is the US Presidential election so close?

The election has returned to its “fundamentals,” where voters are weighing a choice between an indefensible status quo and an uncertain future. Whatever the outcome in November, we will need to be ready to face this fact: The austerity agenda will grind on – with a few palliatives (Obama) or on steroids (Romney) – until working people put a stop to it.

Martin Luther King on the other America

Reading this speech of Martin Luther King 44 years later, two things stand out. One is King’s radicalism. In the final years of his life, he took up questions of institutional racism, economic justice and imperialist war–all are central to this speech. The other is the fact that all these questions remain with us to this day. King’s statement that African Americans were disproportionately affected by unemployment and living through a “literal depression” could be said about the U.S. in 2012.

The rotten theory that drives Ron Paul

What reasons could self-proclaimed leftists have for supporting a man who has had incredibly racist articles, at the very least, printed in his name, if he was not the author himself? A man who has come out against abortion rights? A man who holds a completely unrestrained market at the center of his ideology?

Ron Paul: a bigot through and through

Take a good look at Ron Paul, and you’ll see a candidate who is racist, sexist, anti-gay and anti-worker.

How Obama got from hope to hopeless

By serving the interests of the elite and abandoning any commitment to even meager reforms, the Democrats disappoint and demoralize their core supporters, and they give the Republicans the opportunity to energize theirs.