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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: Greece

From reformism to struggle and regroupment

If there are two lessons I draw from the surrender of SYRIZA they are, first, not to pursue a grand reformist project, especially an electoralist one aimed at winning power to manage capitalism, and second to consider how to unite those small and disparate forces now on the ground in Australia that understand that the emancipation of the working class must be the act of the working class.


Sydney rally 5.30 pm Wednesday in solidarity with Greek workers striking against austerity

Sydney Wednesday solidarity rally with Greek workers striking against austerity.


Meet Sydney Town Hall Steps, Wednesday 15 July, 5:30pm

Hear Petros Constantinou, socialist activist from Greece, speak on the crisis in Greece at Keep Left in Sydney in August

Petros Constantinou is a long-term socialist activist from Greece. As a member of the anti-capitalist coalition Antarsya, the Greek socialist organisation, SEK, and a councillor for Athens, Petros has been a part of the momentous struggle of Greek workers against austerity in the midst of capitalism’s greatest crisis since the Great Depression. Now, as the newly-elected left party Syriza tries to manage the crisis, Petros will join us at the Keep Left conference to discuss: Recession and austerity in Greece: Can Syriza solve the crisis? A debate. Join us.

Organise global solidarity with Greek workers striking against austerity this Wednesday

Wednesday is the public sector general strike and the parliamentary vote on the Third Memorandum in Greece. There is a global call for solidarity with Greek workers striking against austerity. 5.30 pm Wednesday in every central square worldwide. Get cracking. Organise.

Kevin Ovenden in Greece: latest updates on a back-breaking memorandum

As one public sector trade unionist told me last night during the “violent” negotiations in Brussels:

“The foreign media seem to think that if he [Tsipras] signs up to something and the parliament passes it then it’s going to happen. Quite simply – it is not. There will be an enormous battle.”

2) The executive of the ADEDY public sector union federation meets this afternoon. It is set to consider a call from the anti-capitalist left for a 24-hour strike against the new memorandum, whether agreed to by the government or imposed from without through a capital-enforced expulsion of Greece from the eurozone.

Unite to fight capitalist austerity in Greece

The historic nature of events in the last week in Greece with the mobilisation and then resounding No vote against austerity and now the rotten deal Tsipras’s Syriza government has offered the troika demands unity. Unite the left wing No forces in the fight against austerity. And for those of us far away learning important lessons from the events in Greece, it means uniting in our support of those in Greece fighting against capitalist austerity no matter who is imposing it.

Oppose those who lead to surrender

‘Those who lead Greece and its Left to surrender should be opposed,’ writes Stathis Kouvelakis in Jacobin. Stathis serves on the central committee of Syriza.

Kevin Ovenden in Greece on those parliamentarians who voted No to austerity

No one on the left of the party is responsible for breaking an “anti-austerity” government’s majority. The government itself did that when it broke from the party’s programme – even its most minimal one: no more austerity. There is an honourable tradition of representatives of the left finding themselves in a minority in an assembly on a matter of principle, only then to find – sometimes more quickly than they had anticipated – that they represent majority feeling in the society.

A Greek tragedy unfolding?

The question now becomes will the Greek working class accept this SYRIZA-troika austrity deal? In fighting the SYRIZA-troika austerity program Greek workers can inspire workers across Europe to reject the neoliberal prescriptions and put socialism as the alternative back on the table.

Kevin Ovenden in Greece: Europe’s ‘leaders’ have learnt nothing

The result of the little game by the geniuses who run the EU was to further shatter New Democracy, the party of big business. The left has hegemony in Greek society for the first time since 1944.