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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)



Tag: Election 2016

A government in chaos

  The election has delivered a savage blow to Malcolm Turnbull and the Coalition government write the editors of socialist magazine Solidarity. Turnbull’s attempt to convince voters he could offer jobs and stability has failed. His corporate tax cuts and his attempt to use Brexit and global uncertainty to push up the Coalition vote went […]


Reality check for major parties in election cliffhanger in Australia

My article in Independent Australia today on the election. John Passant discusses Australia’s close election result and what is says about our disengagement with out of touch politicians.

Does Jobson Grothe still have a job?

The ruling class is going berserk. Their strategy to smash the building unions and more generally to slash and burn social services and social welfare to pay for tax cuts for them is in tatters. Even if he manages to hobble together a government of sorts Malcolm Turnbull as the sword bearer for the ruling class is a dead man walking.

Random thoughts on election day

Drinking game for tonight. Every time a commentator or politician mentions capitalism, wage slavery, abstract socially necessary labour time, exploitation, alienation, or surplus value, [fill in your own favourite Marxist expression here] have a big slug of grog. By the end of the night you will be completely sober.

Making pensioners pay for multinational company tax cuts

The 3 sentences plus one of spin that announce the Government’s priorities – making pensioners pay for multinational tax cuts. It is all about attacking the poor to give the big end of town more, and more, and more.

Stick with the current mob for a while?

Some socialists to vote for in NSW, Victoria and WA


Tax cuts for billionaires, wages cuts for workers

Drive past Trades Hall up until the election and you might be shocked to see a giant Malcolm Turnbull head jump out at you. This billboard sums up the choice facing working Australians at this election – do we support a government promising $50 billion in corporate tax cuts while trying to undermine penalty rates, or do we #puttheliberalslast?

The 2016 election: Asylum seekers, AFP raids and dead cats

Dutton offends every Australian migrant, AFP raids highlight the disaster that is Turnbull’s NBN and Labor’s fairness mantra endures — John Passant analyses week two of the election campaign in Independent Australia.

Peter Dutton swings the dead cat

The real enemy is Peter Dutton and all he represents, not asylum seekers and refugees.