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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: Canberra Greens

The Canberra Times’ Big Stoush: Read All About It (From One Perspective)

The Canberra Times is engaged in a ding-dong battle with the ACT Chief Minister, and if you believe the letters to the editor page, it has staggering levels of support. John Passant in New Matilda is not so sure.


The Greens, electric vehicle networks in Canberra and Palestine

In the warped world view of the Canberra Greens building an environmentally friendly EV network on the bones of the Palestinians is somehow ethical.

I look forward to the Greens leading a boycott against Better Place in Canberra.

Or are the Greens hypocrites where environmental concerns trump ethical investments every time?

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.┬áCan somebody explain to me again what exactly the difference is between Labor and the Liberals? The Australian Education Union’s response does […]

Canberra’s Labor Government to attack its workers

The minority Canberra Labor Government will freeze public service recruitment in response to an $85 million┬ácut 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 […]

The Church and gay marriage in Canberra

Here in the Australian Capital Territory the Labor Party (in minority Government) supported a Greens’ Bill giving legal recognition to same sex unions which passed just under 2 weeks ago. Federally the homophobic and anti-equal rights Rudd Labor Government will suggest changes to the Act which effectively gut it. The local Catholic archbishop weighed in […]

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.

Same sex marriage for Canberra?

The only way to end the political vilification of gays and lesbians and win true equality is to mobilise thousands on the streets and win trade unions to the campaign for same sex marriage.

Canberra Labor – the political gay bashing continues

The ACT minority Labor Government is about to reject a Greens motion to legalise same sex marriage. They are going to vote against their own policy – a policy they took to the last election – because they don’t want to upset Kevin Rudd and the other reactionaries. CPSU affiliation to Canberra Labor has proved […]

Homelessness in Canberra

There are 1500 homeless every night in Canberra. At the same time there are about 1500 vacant hotel and motel rooms. Why not mandate those empty rooms for the homeless?