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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 'Workers’ councils'

The Coalition ignores workers, veterans and refugees – but not war memorials

Today, the potential for economic, environmental and humanitarian change lies with workers just as it did after World War One, I write in Independent Australia.  


Bush fires, climate change and the community of hope

In the reality of community that the bushfires have bought out in us lies our hope for the future; in the working class and its power to turn society on its head lies the reality of the realisation of a future with hope.

Soviets in the Russian revolution

Soviet power, which existed for only a few brief years before it was destroyed by Stalinism, proved the central claim of Marxism: workers can become conscious of their interests and can lead a socialist revolution. The soviets were the actualisation of the potential inherent in the working class. They united the working class in democratic bodies. They allowed the working class to intersect with and lead other sections of society, such as the soldiers and peasants. They provided a forum for both discussion and action. They gave workers a huge amount of power – and all of these factors raised the political consciousness of the Russian working class to the level of revolutionary socialism. This was the greatest triumph of the Russian Revolution.

Gillard, Rudd, Abbott: What about real democracy?

That is what I am working for – a truly democratic society in which we workers, the people who produce the wealth of society, decide what will be produced to satisfy human need, not to make a profit. Then neoliberal nobodies like Gillard and Rudd and Abbott would be consigned to the museum of recent history and our really democratic and fulfilling lives could begin.

Has the revolution begun? – Have your say on Saturday’s socialist speak out

The revolt in Egypt poses point blank the need for a struggle for socialism. The demands that are driving the revolt – for an end to imperialist domination of the region, for democracy, for a decent life for the millions of Arab workers who cannot afford the basics of life in spite of living in a part of the world that has created more riches than almost any other in history – cannot be met without a fundamental reorganisation of power in the Middle East.

Is it February in Tunisia?

If it is February in Tunisia there is hope yet for October.

The victory of the Tunisian working class will provide hope and inspiration to hundreds of millions across the region. Their revolution is our hope and inspiration too.

Germany, the overthrow of Stalinism and the left

Those on the left who argue for a return to the good ole days of Stalinism or imagine a state capitalist nirvana in the East or the West are stuck in the vice of history as farce.

Iran – neither Ahmadinejad nor Mousavi but workers’ revolution

Iranian workers have the opportunity to change history – not just of Iran but of the world. The protests in Iran today contain within them the seeds of a workers’ revolution. The demands of the protestors are political and include the freedom to organise, to express themselves, to have their vote counted fairly, for women’s rights and now, […]

Would Russia have been better off without a revolution?

The defeat of the German revolution meant the fate of the Russian revolution – its own defeat – was sealed. The Stalinist counter-revolution then triumphed.

Iran pauses

The millions of Iranians demonstrating against the dictatorship have been an inspiration to socialists around the world. It’s not about the rigging.  It’s about the Iranian people moving onto the stage of history. But those faltering steps have slowed. The Iranian state has unleashed its thugs on peaceful demonstrators.  Tear gas, beatings, and even live ammunition are […]