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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: Budget 2016

Turnbull’s Budget – for business and the rich

The latest article in socialist magazine Solidarity starts off:

‘Turnbull has delivered a budget for business and the rich. Its centrepiece is handouts to business and high income earners. Most workers get nothing, except the impact of further cuts to services.

‘Everyone earning over $80,000 a year, including those on million dollar incomes, will get a tax cut. Only the top 25 per cent of tax-payers will benefit.

‘The tax increase on those earning over $180,000, introduced two years ago as a “deficit repair levy”, is also being reversed. Close to $8 billion over four years that could have gone into schools and hospitals is being sacrificed.

‘Alongside that are tax cuts for business.’


Jobs and growth eh?

Jobs and growth eh? That must be why the Budget papers say GDP growth this financial year will be just 2.5% and the same next financial year.

Budget 2016: Robbing the poor to pay the rich – talking notes for a Solidarity talk Thursday 12 May at ANU

The drive to attack the poor, students and workers is systemic. It requires a systemic response.

Forthcoming Solidarity talk: Budget 2016: robbing the poor to pay the rich

  Robbing the poor to give to the rich: What the budget means for students, workers and others This Budget is all about attacking students, workers and the poor to give tax cuts to business (worth on one estimate $55 billion) and the super rich. It cuts new social welfare payments (including Youth Allowance, Austudy […]

My after Budget interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp

This is the link to my 37 minute interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp an hour after the Budget.

A Budget of smokers and mirrors

This is a government blinded by its own smoke and mirrors and the capitalist imperative of profit, profit, profit at the expense of satisfying human need.