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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: ACT politics

Boycott Israel; boycott Better Place’s electric car battery recharge rollout in Canberra

Better Place’s ties to apartheid Israel makes it unfit to roll out electric car re-charge points across Canberra.

Canberra Labor attacks bus drivers

Here in Canberra one of the most left wing Labor Governments has shown its true nature by attacking its workers. That is Labor’s role. And the Greens? They have traded away principles for power in their support of Labor’s attacks on workers.

Canberra Labor Government directs its workers to scab on teachers

Here in Canberra local Labor Party Education Minister Andrew Barr has threatened teachers who impose any NAPLAN test bans with the loss of four hours pay under Rudd’s workchoices law, the Fair Work Act. Can somebody explain to me again what exactly the difference is between Labor and the Liberals? The Australian Education Union’s response does […]

ACT Labor plans more attacks on its workforce

Katy Gallagher, the ‘leftwing’ ACT Treasurer, has offered public servants pay increases of 4.75% over two years, 2.25% in the first year and 2.5% in the following one. The Reserve Bank predicts inflation (both core and headline) this year will be 2.5% and a little more in 2011. In other words the Government’s revised pay […]

Canberra’s Labor Government to attack its workers

The minority Canberra Labor Government will freeze public service recruitment in response to an $85 million cut in GST revenue. It will not tax the rich; it won’t cut grants and subsidies to business; it won’t reduce its spending on the likes of Al Grassby statues. Instead it will attack its workforce. Left Labor Treasurer Katy […]

Solar panels: they scam, we pay

Here in Canberra the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission has exposed the ACT Government’s subsidies to solar roof panel owners as both regressive and extremely costly. In a draft report the ICRC recommends reducing the present bloated subsidy from 50.5 cents per kWh generated to 37 cents. Even at this reduced price, the subsidy is still almost three times […]

ACT Government workers – strikes can win

Here in the Australian Capital Territory the local Stanhope Labor Government has offered a pay increase of 1.5 percent, which in effect a wage cut of 2 percent. [Kim Sattler from Unions ACT has pointed out the offer is now 2% in the first year and 2.5% in out years and that all 8 unions […]

Equal love and the Labor Party

Yesterday my local Canberra legislature made same sex civil partnership ceremonies in the Australian Capital Territory legally binding. This is not marriage equality but it is a step in that direction.

Unions NSW to swallow Canberra Labour Clubs?

Unions NSW have bought, or are about to buy, the four Canberra Labour clubs, currently owqned by the Canberra ALP. Or so an insider told me a few days ago. Well so much for that scoop.  The Tradies group have signed an in principle agreement with the Canberra ALP to buy the clubs.  The Construction, Forestry, Mining and […]