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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)




Are the 400 job cuts at the ABC inevitable?

In not defending jobs at the ABC, the leadership of the two main unions, the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and the Community and Public Sector Union, have so far shown all the fighting spirit of wet lettuce leaves. Only staff organising independently of the leadership of the unions to strike until the government withdraws its cuts can win.


CPSU supports Equal Love Campaign

The Community and Public Sector Union National Executive has passed the following motion (moved by National Secretary Nadine Flood) to support the Equal Love campaign and in particular the demonstrations around Australia on 15 May. CPSU Executive Committee notes concerns expressed by members and delegates at discrimination against homosexual, bisexual and transgender people in the […]

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

ACT Government workers – strikes can win

Here in the Australian Capital Territory the local Stanhope Labor Government has offered a pay increase of 1.5 percent, which in effect a wage cut of 2 percent. [Kim Sattler from Unions ACT has pointed out the offer is now 2% in the first year and 2.5% in out years and that all 8 unions […]

Stephen Jones: another Labor lapdog to join the Parliamentary gravy train?

I have just been reading in the Illawarra Mercury in Maccas at Fairy Meadow – they do great soy chai lattes, seriously – about Jennie George retiring from Parliament at the 2010 election. My esteemed union leader, Stephen Jones from the Community and Public Sector Union, is the hot tip for the position. The national executive will parachute […]

Fair Work Australia – champagne or cats’ piss?

Queensland teachers are showing us that industrial action has a much better chance of getting real wage increases and protecting jobs than relying on Rudd’s largess and industrial laws.

Bailing out the Tax Office

It’s time for Tax Office staff to stop the flow of money to the Government to win more staff and more pay and improve tax administration in Australia.

‘Left’ Labor and Greens attack workers and services

The left wing Labour Government in the ACT is attacking workers and public services with Greens support.

Canberra’s budget: razor gangs, efficiency dividends and wage restraint

The Territory’s budget is anti-worker and lays the groundwork for more savage attacks in the future.

The Tax Office: the attacks on staff continue

By striking and stopping Government revenue, tax officers can win large wage increases and job security.