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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: Bertolt Brecht

I was reading Brecht today

I was reading Brecht today Not in any normal way There is no normal with Bertolt Except the normal gestalt Of a rational society To come Which means our eyes sometimes meet And his words greet me Down the paths of time Without rhyme Just truth What to do? You should read him too (c) […]


With all this loss of confidence, why doesn’t the Abbott government just dissolve the people and elect another?

Would it not be easier
In that case for the government
To dissolve the people
And elect another?

The Abbott government’s message to we mere plebs: it’s time to elect a new people

Apparently we absentminded voters are to blame for not understanding what good things this government is doing. That arrogant Abbott comment, and the parroting by his ministers that they just need to sell the shit sandwich better is the height of being out of touch and divorced from ordinary people and their concerns. This lack of confidence in we the people reminded me of something Bertolt Brecht wrote in 1953 after the uprising in East Germany against the Stalinist dictatorship.

General your tank is a powerful vehicle

General, man is very useful.
He can fly and he can kill.
But he has one defect:
He can think.

Difficulty of Governing : Bertolt Brecht (1937)

Or could it be that
Governing is so difficult only
Because swindling and exploitation take some learning?