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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)



Tag: Abortion

Close down Australia’s cities to save Abyan?

The one tactic the refugee movement hasn’t tried to date, apart from activists undertaking essentially stand alone actions, is arguing for and then trying to mobilise the thousands who turn out to rallies around a specific call for civil disobedience. My suggestion is that the left begin agitating to occupy the centre of the capital cities until Abyan is bought back to Australia for medical treatment and try to build just such a movement in the next week.


Banning entry into Australia is not the way to fight domestic violence or anti-abortion bigotry

Here was a great opportunity to build a united mass movement against the oppression of women and indigenous Australians. Instead the focus was on getting the state to take top down action that does absolutely nothing to address domestic violence, anti-abortion bigotry, racism or women’s oppression. This is the very state which drives and reinforces that racism and oppression. There is nothing to cheer about in banning Brown and Newman.

Abortion rights: hands off women’s bodies

It should be really simple: the state keeps its hands off women’s bodies. Yet abortion is currently the subject of criminal law in all states and territories except the ACT, writes Roz Ward in Red Flag.

Bernardi’s counter revolution

Why won’t one of the Labor Left or Greens politicians make the obvious call – the only way to defend our side’s gains from attack by Abbott and Bernardi is by striking and with massive demonstrations?

Abortion rights struggles of the past

Access as well as “rights” is crucial for working class women, so issues such as the cost of contraceptives, doctors’ bills, access to hospital care and the like still need to be campaigned about. Stella Browne summed up what we’re still fighting for: “Abortion … should be available for any woman without insolent inquisitions, nor ruinous financial charges, nor tangles of red tape. For our bodies are our own.”

Beating back the bigots

An all-out offensive against abortion rights isn’t on the agenda at this point, and the crew at the bigot rally are, for now, an isolated minority writes Jessica Lenehan in Red Flag. But they are a minority with serious financing and political connections. Under an Abbott government they will be seeking to increase their clout. We’ll be ready.

Abortion: Anna Bligh is the guilty one

Only a mass movement from below can force the do-nothings from Labor to legalise abortion.

Playing politics with women’s lives: The Stupak Amendment and US health care ‘reform’

The Stupak Amendment passed during the House debate on health care in the US is a blow to women’s abortion rights–poor women in particular.

Abortion and democracy

The majority of Australians support abortion on demand; the majority of politicians don’t or, more accurately, won’t. According to a new study in People and Place Journal 57 percent favour a women’s right to abortion without restrictions. One third support abortion in specific circumstances.  Only 4 percent oppose abortion on any grounds. 45 percent of Catholics […]

Why join the anti-abortion ALP?

Anna Bligh is a classic example of the futility of joining the ALP to change the world. A major Brisbane hospital has now banned abortions because of the lack of clarity in the criminal laws, the laws Bligh said yesterday she would not change. The ALP host has taken over the leftist parasite. I have a […]