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January 2022



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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: Bosses pay

Let’s give one million pounds to Goldman Sachs!

Goldman Sachs has agreed to limit its UK partners’ pay and bonuses to 1 million pounds. That sounds about right – one million pounds into their money grubbing greedy guts.


Surprise, surprise: Bosses’ salary bonanza

Ten percent pay rises for the filthy rich bosses, nothing for the low paid. That really does sum up the obscenity that is capitalism.

$90 now!

Let’s push for a $90 a week pay increase for workers and pensioners. If it is good enough for politicians it is good enough for those they serve.

Real tax reform: a love letter to Ken Henry

We should look at taxation through the eyes of the working class. Tax labour lightly and capital heavily.

Commonwealth Bank cuts workers’ wages

Commonwealth Bank management salary cuts are tokenistic posturing aimed at convincing staff to accept a real wage cut.

The bosses’ wage terrorism begins

What an obscenity. The rich and powerful are telling the poorly paid that a wage increase would be bad. Not bad for the poorly paid mind you, but bad for the rich and powerful. Hard to imagine isn’t it – Australia’s CEOs as caring sharing types worried about job losses? Don’t laugh. Evidently they care about […]

Jobs being slashed, but bosses paying themselves millions

In a recent article in Socialist Alternative Louise O’Shea argues that workers rights should come before profits, and if that means operating companies at a loss, or booting out the management altogether, then that is what should happen. Such actions could be part of a wider fight for a society where profitability is no longer […]

Monkeys, money and Wall Street

Monkeys can plan. Pay them to run Wall Street since real peanuts are cheap to buy. Human peanuts are more expensive as the bonuses paid to AIG bosses show.

Deaths in Afghanistan, Rein in Australia

The Afghanistan killings raise real issues about our role and presence in Afghanistan.  And what do our press run with?  The battle between the two snake oil salesmen of capitalism over rich wives. What’s the difference between Rudd and Turnbull anyway?  One favours tax cuts for merchant bankers; the other agrees, but wants bigger tax cuts for them.

Put some class into International Women’s Day

What better way to reclaim IWD than for Pacific Brands workers on 8 March to demonstrate, strike and occupy to defend their jobs?

And for female and male workers around Australia to support them.