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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: Election 2010

Greens: make the Parliament unworkable

The Greens, and the vast majority who voted for them, see the Party as being to the Left of the ALP. With the balance of power in the Senate now is the time to prove it.


Uncertainty and instability – isn’t that what capitalism is all about?

Their stability is the stability of the gun and the dollar. Their certainty is the certainty of more profit for themselves. Let’s give them our stability and our certainty and rock their rotten sytem to its core.

Australia shifts left – Labor dead; Greens revitalised

Jack Waterford (‘Don’t blame the messengers, Julia’) points out in the Canberra Times of 23 August that Labor lost ‘even more [votes] to its left’.  The swing to the Greens of 3.8 percent was more than double that to the Conservatives. But I disagree with Jack that this means what Labor needs is a makeover of Julia Gillard as […]

Labor’s rightwing policies opened the door for Abbott

Labor has done so badly in these elections because Labor’s appalling right-wing policies offered nothing to its working-class supporters.

Election 2010: Labor smashed, Parliament hung

Stable Government will become the mantra of the moment for the bourgeoisie and their parties. Let’s give them instability and fight to protect and expand jobs, wages and conditions.

Yuk what a choice! Saturday’s socialist speak out

Have your say on the Australian election being held today or any other matters you want. For what it is worth I am going to vote Green, then Labor and Liberal. Those are the 3 choices in my electorate. I would have voted socialist first if such a candidate or candidates had stood in my […]

The idea of an Abbott Government keeps me awake at night too

“This is a knife-edge election result,” Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard told Sydney radio station 2Day FM. “It will be a long, late night on Saturday and every vote counts, absolutely every vote. “So it’s very tough. It’s very, very tight.” Leaving aside Labor’s tactic of painting themselves as possible losers and thus winning back waverers, […]

More rich bastards rattle their pearls in protest

It’s the interests of the rich schools, the rich miners, the big polluters and the other billionaire bludgers whom Gillard and her Labor Party serve.

Yes we will: a platitude wrapped in a cliché inside fatuity

What could ‘yes we will’ mean? What Gillard actually meant was yes we will do nothing. Except continue to implement policies for the rich and powerful.

Some questions for Abbott and Gillard

And when the boats keep coming (a good thing), and interest rates go up, and unemployment skyrockets, and GDP falls, and climate change wreaks more and more havoc on our planet, and the Taliban win in Afghanistan, what then? A retreat further into reaction and the politics of fear and attacking the victims even more?