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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)



Tag: Australian Financial Review

The 2018 AFR Rich List: A sad indictment of Australia’s rampant neoliberalism

The latest AFR Rich List charts Australia’s wealthiest and illustrates why we have one of the fastest growing inequality rates in the world, writes John Passant in Independent Australia.


‘Philanthropy’ and the Financial Review Rich List 2017

The 2017 Rich List is out and no amount of “philanthropy” from those who pay little or no tax can disguise Australia’s disproportionate wealth divisions, I write in Independent Australia.  

The Australian Financial Review – I am the perfect replacement for Mark Latham

In light of the real reasons for Latham’s sacking or departure, I suggest the Financial Review hire a female columnist from the left. I can think of no one better than black feminist socialist and unionist Celeste Liddle. She blogs at Rantings of an Aboriginal feminist. Have a read. If not her then there are literally thousands of left wing women who could do a millions time better job than Latham did, including many of my comrades in Solidarity. However they have higher standards than me so they might not accept writing for the bosses’ newspaperand giving it the occasional left wing cover.

The National ‘Reform’ Summit is about screwing workers

The reform impasse arises because the essential social democratic desires of the working class, born of the necessity to sell our labour power to survive, conflicts with the needs of capital to extract even more surplus value from us in the form of profits and the like, a profit which we create but which the bosses purloin as our unpaid labour.

The rantings of Lord Latham

Given I write about real issues I’d make a better columnist for the Australian Financial Review than Mark Latham, although my socialist analysis would send many of your readers into apoplexy.

Safety on building sites

A letter of mine in today’s Australian Financial Review in defence of the CFMEU building union and safety on site.

Of course we want independent newspapers

A good first start to independence and to building it on the ground would be for Fairfax workers to strike against the planned 1900 job cuts.

Fairfax, Rinehart and defending media jobs

Most politics, ‘debate’ and commentary today is about discerning the difference between the shit sandwiches on offer. It doesn’t deal with the obvious. It’s still a shit sandwich, whether it is Gillard or Abbott selling it.

What is happening at the Financial Review?

With news that the Financial Review has sacked Keynesian John Quiggin (whose columns I enjoy very much for their insights and facts), it seems clear their trickle to the right is in danger of becoming a flood. It is a pity my union, the MEAA, is not strong enough to defend John specifically and more generally to stop the tsunami of Murdochization now happening at the paper.

Wayne Swan is left-wing? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha …..

I laughed out loud when I read the editorial in the weekend Australian Financial Review claim that Wayne Swan is arguably the most left-wing Treasurer since Jim Cairns