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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

Eleven days into the election, and?

At first I thought all the hallelujahs were for the risen Christ. Not so. I mistook the relief people felt for the election campaigns going quiet for the joy of Christians celebrating the resurrection of their Lord and Saviour. In the secular but not really secular society that is Australia it is an easy mistake […]


Inside the Canberra bubble: Tuesday 16 April

It has been five days since Scott Morrison called the election. Already I feel underwhelmed. First there is the bullshit. For example, according to senior government Minister Michaelia Cash, Labor with its electronic vehicle policy, one that looks suspiciously like the Government’s, is going to steal tradies’ utes. I mean, seriously, is this the calibre […]

Malcolm Turnbull’s last stand

There is only one way to restore the democratic deficit, says Independent Australia Canberra correspondent John Passant — election, now!

Could Malcolm Turnbull call an early election – and win?

Malcolm Turnbull must be tempted to call an early election, I write in Independent Australia.

This time there will be real change, won’t there?

Neoliberalism and the cruel election

As the demonstrations of tens of thousands across Australia in defence of refugees show, the alternative right now to the Labor Party is struggle. The way to fight Abbott is to fight Rudd. It is the minority who want to fight back against cruelty and neoliberalism that we on the Left have to join with and relate to in the battle for a better world.

Beware the ides of September, Labor

The play’s the thing and this 7 month long interlude is designed to trap young Abbott, perhaps help keep the jester in his place and cement the uneasy crown on the Queen against her plotters. The reality is both Gillard and Abbott are past their dancing days.

Gillard and Abbott – the Bobbsey twins of conservatism

Real change doesn’t come through Parliament. The way forward is class struggle, not the Bobbsey twins of conservatism.

An early election?

The Sydney Morning Herald today shows first preferences for the ALP up 14 percent to 47 percent after the leadership change. The Greens are down 7 percent. On a 2 Party Preferred it would be 55 to the ALP and 45 to the Opposition. On these figures Labor would romp home.  The Gordon Brown effect maybe? […]

Vale CPRS and hello a green tinged Parliament?

The CPRS remains Labor’s main vehicle for addressing climate change. It redistributes wealth from the poor and workers to the rich and their polluting industries.