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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 'Women workers'

How they treat female protestors: from Cairo to Melbourne

The women of Egypt are showing all of us we need bigger and bigger demonstrations against the inhumanity of our rulers and their armed thugs. We need a revolution to win the liberation of women and all humanity.

Labor attacks women workers, again

For public servants, negotiating with Labor is a dead end. A rank and file push for equal pay – a strike – offers the best hope for and chance of victory.

Equal pay: Labor is the enemy

Clearly Labor is the enemy of working women. The Gillard Government’s decision to oppose the Australian Services Union test case before Fair Work Australia for equal pay in the community and social services sector on budgetary grounds gives the lie to Labor being the friend of working women. Julia Gillard’s contempt for ordinary women poses the question – […]

Why men don’t benefit from women’s oppression

Sexism affects every aspect of our lives. We can’t help but be affected by the inequalities between men and women, and the stereotypes that arise from these inequalities. It’s a common idea that all men benefit from women’s oppression. Anne Summers, for example, has argued that women’s lower wages benefit men by lowering women’s likelihood […]

The selling of Mr Abbott

The interview in the Australian Women’s Weekly gives a pretty good pointer to what Tony Abbott as Prime Minister would be like – socially reactionary and economically a let the market rip sort of guy.

Women’s oppression, class and capitalism

Sometimes just a few words can capture the essence of an argument. And so it is with a new pamphlet by Socialist Alternative about women’s oppression. Women’s oppression arose with the development of class society about 6000 years ago. Capitalism deepened and extended this oppression, making the family and the role of women within it the central mechanism for the production  and […]

Why do women earn less than men?

Women’s lower status in terms of pay and work responsibilities is an integral part of capitalism. It flows from the very way the system is organised.

Women- going backwards under Labor

Women have gone backwards under Julia Gillard’s Labor. Women’s wages are now at their lowest level compared to men’s in over twenty years. According to Sharan Burrow from the Australian Council of Trade Unions: Recently released data by the Federal Government shows the average woman working full time earns 17% less than her male counterparts and […]

Ban Sarkozy, not the burqa

Sarkozy’s proposed ban on the burqa is ‘liberation’ from above, and as Iraq and Afghanistan show, that is never successful. Sarkozy is the Bush of the burqa.

Canberra Labor: attacking women, aborigines and workers all in one go

Millionaire footballers are more important to Canberra Labor than poor and aboriginal women and the Government’s own community welfare workers.