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October 2021



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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: Football

Fascists and football

The toe hold fascism in Australian society is getting is not just a result of the long drawn out economic problems and the uncertainty the middle classes feel. It feeds on the demonisation, the nudge nudge wink wink racism and Islamophobia of successive Liberal and Labor governments. Every government lie about asylum seekers, every Northern Territory intervention, every death in custody, every smug self satisfied panegyric to Australian ‘values’ from on high drives the racism and Islamophobia of the fascists and their useful idiots in Reclaim White Australia.


Why we need new football heroes

Today there is a growing separation of the professional player from their usual working class roots writes Jorge Jorquera in Red Flag. We need new football heroes like Caszely – players who defy FIFA’s policing, refuse to become adornments for bourgeois society and side with the working class communities who gave them their start.

If only one of Brazil’s players could stand up now and utter the words Socrates once did: “Give my goals to a better country.”

Football fans cry foul over crackdown

The corporate media and football (soccer) officials this summer have launched a hysterical campaign against football fans write Benjamin Solah and Steven Chang in Red Flag. The spectre hanging over all of this is the imposition of law and order politics in the cultural sphere of professional sports.

It is right to take on the Football Association over racism

Campaigns like Kick It Out have been important in making racism less acceptable in football. But they shouldn’t be used as a cover for the FA’s lack of action. And black players have every right to be angry about that lack of action.

When racism is openly tolerated at matches watched by millions, it has a far-reaching effect. We should strive for unity against racism. But that shouldn’t come at the cost of keeping silent in the face of injustice.

The Socceroos, strikes and ‘un-Australian’ activities

Would you pay to watch the members of Football Federation Australia play football? I didn’t think so. Pay the Socceroos and all the other football workers a real wage increase.

Football depression

St George Illawarra have saved me from September angst by giving it to me now.

Socialism and football

Bill Shankly was the greatest Liverpool Football Club coach ever. Here is his view on life. ‘The socialism I believe in is everybody working for the same goal and everybody having a share in the rewards. That’s how I see football, that’s how I see life.’