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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: Health reform

Breast cancer: causes and costs brought into the open?

The discussion about breast cancer and its causes – and the health care industry’s failures – needs to be brought out of the shadows, writes Leela Yellesetty in Socialist Worker US.


Rudd’s health ripoff

Empower hospital staff to run their hospitals. Fund them adequately. Pay nurses more. Tax the rich to provide every Australian with a free universal health care system.

Obama: making the Republicans look good

People weren’t voting for the Republicans in Massachusetts. They were voting against Obama’s business as usual administration.

Playing politics with women’s lives: The Stupak Amendment and US health care ‘reform’

The Stupak Amendment passed during the House debate on health care in the US is a blow to women’s abortion rights–poor women in particular.

The deform of US health care reform

The health care package the US House of Representatives recently passed is a historic and sweeping disaster for the hope that a Democratic president and Congress would finally do something to fix the screwed-up health care system that is a source of misery and suffering for so many people.

Obama’s health care – better than nothing or worse than nothing?

There may well be US health care reform by the end of the eyar. It will in all likelihood help the health insurance industry, not ordinary Americans.

Profit and health care don’t mix

Dennis Kosuth, a registered nurse in Chicago, explains why the health care “reform” on offer from the White House can’t solve America’s health care crisis

Can we humanise hospitals?

Can we humanise hospitals?   The fundamentally undemocratic society we live in leads me to conclude not. The profit system and the commodification of treatment and the rewards that flow to major participants like specialists, big pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers and medical technology companies, but not to nurses and general practitioners, reinforce that conclusion. Not only that,  they […]

How the Democrats sold out health care reform

Does a bill written to placate the health insurers, the pharmaceutical manufacturers and hospitals deserves any support at all?

Making excuses for health care non-reform

Because liberals see the “progressive agenda” as melded with the White House’s, even their complaints about Obama’s concessions to corporations and “centrist” politicians fall by the wayside.