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October 2020



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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: Gillard Government

Bob Carr: another ugly carcass in Gillard’s cabinet

Just when you thought Labor couldn’t get any lower, you remember Bob Carr exists. He’s a worthy addition to the Gillard cabinet, where he’ll fit right in with all the other neoliberal scumbags.

Hands off our nurses, Baillieu and Gillard!

The threat of contempt action against the nurses’ union is an assault not only on nurses but on every single worker in Australia, and our already very restricted right to strike. It is happening under Gillard Labor’s anti-worker ‘Fair Work’ Act. The trade union movement has the historic responsibility and opportunity to defend nurses and turn the tide in the one sided 30 year class war of the bosses against us by fighting back and defending the right to strike. When they jail a nurse for striking it’s a rich pig’s country still. Hands off our nurses, Baillieu and Gillard.

Another year of hard Labor

The sad, petty sewer of official Australian politics over the last 12 months is a wretched contrast to the fightbacks and revolutions around the globe. But the upheavals shaking the world system should give, to us and to our rulers here in Australia, hope and fear in equal measure.

From wet dreams to brothels – will Tony Abbott soon be Prime Minister?

Will Tony Abbott’s wet dream of an election and government become a waking nightmare for us courtesy of brothels?

Labor has made Tony Abbott electable.

Our task is to build a socialist alternative to fight whichever version of neoliberalism is in power.

Cut middle class welfare or tax the rich until their pips squeak?

Labor’s focus for savings or taxes is not capital or the ruling class. It is the poor, the powerless and workers. We need to fight the Labor Party in government just as much as we need to fight the Liberals in government, and force them to implement a tax system that taxes capital and its profits and the income and wealth of the rich.

Malaysia and refugees – some thoughts of a friend

I am not sure if the refugees we send will be part of this [slave trade – JP] but they are very open to being exploited in a very corrupt country. I think the Labor government are aware this happens but will ignore anything so it suits their purpose. LNP are just as guilty. They are all politicians so they can’t be trusted.

Now it is teenage mums; how low can Labor go?

The unemployed. Disability pensioners. Young mums. Refugees. Aborigines. All are in Labor’s scapegoating sights. Is it Pauline Hanson or Alf Garnett who is running Labor?

Labor: seeking refuge in reaction

Labor is consolidating around a reactionary agenda and destroying itself politically as a consequence.

This is a government without political purpose, without vision, without morals, without principles other than ruling for the rich, but with a strategy to out-Tory the Tories.

With this sort of Labor trajectory the Conservatives could be in power soon.

Our task is to resist reaction of whichever hue and to argue for a fightback in our unions and in the social movements.

Attack the real bludgers, Gillard

We live in an unjust society. This is a society where bosses take as their own the profits we create. Labour creates value, not capital.

The owners of capital are the real bludgers. But Gillard won’t attack them. She is, like the rest of the ALP, their servant.

Make the bosses pay for their climate change

So there will be a carbon tax. Labor and the Greens announced an agreement for a price on carbon – undetermined as yet – with unspecified compensation for the poor and big business. In other words workers will pay the increased costs because profit of course is sacrosanct. This is a neoliberal solution. It condemns […]