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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: Emissions Trading Scheme

Labor and the carbon tax: will they or won’t they?

It looks to me as if profit and competition are the barriers to addressing climate change. If that is the case then only a democratic revolution of workers to run society to satisfy human need can address climate change. As the banners at some environmental demonstrations and eco-socialist conferences say ‘System Change, not Climate Change.’


The Greens’ renewable energy fantasies go up in smoke

The abandonment of the proposed floor price from the Australian ETS scheduled to start in 2015 is a political, not an environmental, decision. It means the Gillard government can say we are on track to be part of a global market in permits, although that market will do little or nothing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions if the price remains low. The neoliberal Greens have sold us yet another market dud.

The carbon tax: a descent into hell or the new utopia?

Capitalism can’t and won’t plan for the future survival of the planet. We workers can. But to do that we have to democratically organise production to satisfy human need, not to make a polluting profit. That’s a revolution.

The battlers’ buffer or the battlers’ bluffer?

So what is all this talk about a battler’s buffer for the carbon tax? Small details like the actual carbon price and the amount of the compensation could be weeks away. But the Gillard Government’s approach is pretty clear. The carbon tax won’t cost us anything. In fact in terms of money 3 million Australians – […]

Polluters the big winners from Emissions Trading Scam

‘The Liberal Party is currently led by people whose conviction on climate change is that it is ‘crap’ and you don’t need to do anything about it. Any policy that is announced will simply be a con, an environmental fig leaf to cover a determination to do nothing.’                                            – deposed Liberal Party leader […]

Just what is an emissions trading scheme?

To save the planet from global warming requires removing profit as the driving force of production, the driving force of a humanity on the road to the environmental abyss.

Labor’s Emissions Trading Scheme again – why February?

Labor is going to re-introduce the recently Senate rejected Emissions Trading Scheme Bill in February. What is going on? Let me hazard a guess. After the Liberal Party on Tuesday replaced Malcolm Turnbull with Tony Abbott, the Senate yesterday rejected the Labor-Turnbull Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.   Then it rejected the original Labor ETS, the one without the extra […]

Tony Abbott: the anti-Santamaria

That’s the bind for the Liberals. How do they win back the support of the ruling class as a class? Certainly voting against the ETS won’t do that.

Green jobs: not uranium and bombs

Union green bans on environmentally suspect developments show the potential the working class has to create a green future and green jobs.

Why Kevin Rudd is heating up the planet

Under socialism we’d transform the economy to one fuelled by renewable energy, and we’d have to make sure that everyone was well served by fast and efficient public transport also run on renewable energy.