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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: Global Warming

Global emissions on the rise

As UN climate talks began in Warsaw, writes Kate Jeffreys in Red Flag, Philippines chief delegate Naderev Sano addressed the conference on Typhoon Haiyan. “I speak for the countless people who will no longer be able to speak for themselves after perishing from the storm”, he said. “We can take drastic action now to ensure […]


Obama: How much real change on climate change?

Rather than celebrating Obama’s renewed “commitment” to environmental action, we should recognize it for what it is: After five years of doing all he can to promote fossil fuel production, it’s the first, timid, grudging response of the U.S. state to the growing environmental movement against Obama and all that he represents: the economic, political and military priorities of U.S. imperial power.

Marxism: the planet matters

If Marxism is to live up to its own maxim as a theory to not merely interpret the world but to change it, then it must include strong ecological theory and practice. The stakes are high. We still have a world to win — but we also have a world to lose.

Bush fires, climate change and the community of hope

In the reality of community that the bushfires have bought out in us lies our hope for the future; in the working class and its power to turn society on its head lies the reality of the realisation of a future with hope.

A car industry or real action to address climate change?

Imagine the car plants in Australia being geared up for production to address climate change. They could produce buses for mass public transport, light rail vehicles, high speed rail and trains, electric cars, solar and wind farms…

Is the choice for humanity socialism or environmental barbarism?

Capitalism’s manic drive for profit and its frenzied competition deny the possibility of addressing climate change in any real and concerted way. Only the democratic organisation of society and production to satisfy human need – socialism – can do that.

The Queensland floods, community and profit

The response of the rest of the Australian community to the Queensland floods has been magnificent. Our hearts and wallets have gone out to the people affected. More importantly members of the local community have helped each other, looked after each other, cared for each other. The community response to the Queensland floods and our sense […]

Hazelwood must be closed

The environmental case for shutting down the Hazelwood power station is overwhelming. This brown-coal fired plant in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley produces 15 per cent of the state’s total carbon emissions, and it is the biggest carbon emitting facility in Australia. At 2005 report by the World Wildlife Fund listed Hazelwood as the most carbon intensive […]

A citizens’ dissembly?

The citizens’ assembly is a Rudd like trick to give the impression of doing something when not actually doing anything at all on climate change. Remember the 2020 summit?

Memo to the environmental racists: Australia is not full

The only thing Australia is full of is environmental racists and their cousins – the Hansonite racists.