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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: Cut & Paste

The Age’s letters – the best thing in The Australian

It is good to see Cut & Paste publishing intelligent letters to the editor from The Age. (Cut & Paste Wednesday 8 May). It makes a good counterbalance to the festival of reaction that is normally the letters page of The Australian and the paper more generally.


A letter The Australian hasn’t published (yet?)

I suspect Mick Armstrong would be surprised to learn he is now in Socialist Alliance (‘As for Bob Brown, Laurie Oakes and the Socialist Alliance, the differences are wafer thin’ Cut & Paste, The Australian Monday April 16).  So in the interests of accuracy – a topic my good friend at Cut and Paste pillories the Fairfax Press about when they […]

Cut & Paste hatchet job?

Someone has been reading the very old cricket articles on my blog for inordinately long periods of time. I suspect Cut and Paste is annoyed I criticised them for inaccuracy in a recent unpublished letter and is going to try to do a hatchet job on me soon in The Australian.

The Australian attacks me

Here is a letter I sent to The Australian for its attack on me in Cut and Paste.  (Old Marxists never die; they write opinion articles for the Australian Financial Review). John My thanks to Cut and Paste for the free advertising about my blog site En Passant and my rent tax analysis in Wednesday’s Australian Financial […]

Cut and paste this, Australian

I’ll admit it. I buy Rupert Murdoch’s The Australian most days. I like to see what the fruitcake faction of the bourgeoisie is up to. But I also religiously check out its Cut and Paste section to see if I am in there. Alas, no joy so far. For those who don’t know Cut and […]

Crap Corner – The Australian again

Cut & Paste in The Australian newspaper tells us about the ‘left’s’ supposed about-face on Afghanistan from support to opposition to the US-led invasion. (The Australian March 18 page 15).   But that can’t be right.  Only the day before, Nick Dyrenfurth was telling us, in his silly article in the same newspaper called ‘Rudd must […]