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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: Civil disobedience

Break unjust laws to cut the working week

Newly elected ACTU secretary Sally McManus was right to say we should break unjust laws, and I know exactly which to start with – Labor’s Fair Work regime.

To read the whole article in Independent Australia click here.


The Northern Territory Right Royal Whitewash

I write in Independent Australia on Monday that ‘Turnbull’s snap decision to call a Royal Commission into juvenile detention is now looking like a complete whitewash.’ I say among other things: ‘Is there a solution? Yes, I believe there is. Our mass actions can change the world. United, we can fight back. The history of the fight for civil rights in the U.S., for basic democratic rights in South Africa, for freedom from colonialism in much of the world, shows that negotiating with the oppressor will not win change. We have to defeat those who oppress us or make the costs for them too great to go on with the old ways.’

Melbourne refugee protest – civil disobedience has the potential to close down Australia’s concentration camps

In the face of the barbarity of Australia’s detention centre gulags, the time for pussyfooting is over. If we can mobilise hundreds and then thousands in each major city to disrupt business as usual we can build a mass movement to close down these concentration camps.

The High Court supports Australia’s offshore concentration camps

My own view is that to win this fight to free the refugees will require the movement, which about 30% of Australians agree with, needs to move from passive protests to mobilisations that do change minds and actions. That means civil disobedience.

It means shutting down the centres of the major towns with thousands occupying. It means thousands turning up to stop the deportations to the concentration camps. It means unions banning anything to do with the concentration camps. It means building a radical edge to the movement to do that and to bring the thousands and then tens of thousands in to build that militant campaign of workers and protesters.

Students in Sydney occupy Immigration and show the way forward in the fight for refugees

Maybe the refugee movement needs more of this civil disobedience to make Australia unworkable until the concentration camps are closed? That would involve mobilising the 25% or so of Australian society who reject the abhorrent treatment of refugees offshore and onshore.

Should mass civil disobedience be the next step for the refugee movement?

My own view is that for the refugee movement in Australia to defend asylum seekers and to defeat the rotten, cruel, inhuman and rights abusing policies of both the Liberals and Labor we need to begin to have a discussion about civil disobedience as the next step in our campaign to free the refugees from Australia’s concentration camps here and offshore and from the hellholes in Indonesia and Malaysia.

Stop the cruelty to refugees: Emergency peak hour protest in Canberra for Asylum Seekers

There will be an Emergency Peak Hour Protest for asylum seekers Canberra 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm Wednesday 9 July cnr Barry Drive and Northbourne Ave.

Stop work to stop the bosses’ war on the environment

We must turn the world upside down until the polluters and their politicians back down and begin the urgent task of moving to a renewable energy economy and creating hundreds of thousands of high wage green jobs for those displaced by the end of killer coal.

Civil disobedience and climate change

Jonathon Hari in the Independent and re-printed in today’s Canberra Times calls for mass civil disobedience to stop global warming. He finishes by saying: ‘Copenhagen had one value, and one value alone. It has shown us that if we don’t act in our own self-defence now, nobody else will.’ As anyone who has read my […]