Staring into the void of Australian politics

Rick Kuhn Five prime ministers in five years. None serving out a full term. Each more right wing than the last. First term governments defeated in Victoria (for the first time in 60 years) and Queensland. Official politics in Australia has been in a state of turmoil. Malcolm Turnbull was supposed to...CONTINUE READING

Don’t get Bernt

Rick Kuhn The enthusiasm generated by the US presidential campaign of self-proclaimed socialist Bernie Sanders indicates that there are many people, particularly young people, who live “in the heart of the beast” and reject its beastliness. Among other desirable objectives, Sanders supports universa...CONTINUE READING

Malcolm with murder on his mind

Rick Kuhn Malcolm Turnbull is trying to kill me. It’s not a longstanding vendetta dating back to when he was head prefect and I was a year behind him at Sydney Grammar. We got on okay then. Actually, it’s nothing personal. Like Liberals back to Bob Menzies, Malcolm has it in for public health care....CONTINUE READING

Clinical trials and capitalist tribulations

Rick Kuhn At Canberra Hospital, I am undergoing a well-established treatment for the bone marrow cancer Multiple Myeloma. Like other public hospitals in Australia, Canberra Hospital is staffed by workers who are, in general, very dedicated and very exploited (therefore alienated). They endure low pa...CONTINUE READING

Labor’s long goodbye to the working class

Rick Kuhn Liberating top politicians from external constraints is the goal of Bill Shorten’s proposals for minor organisational changes in the ALP. The issue is not union bureaucrats versus rank and file party members. Since the mid-1890s, the ALP has been a workers’ party committed to managing the...CONTINUE READING

Israel’s supporters lose the plot – again

Rick Kuhn If you criticised South African apartheid then you were an anti-white racist. That’s the logic of equating any criticism of Israel with anti-Semitism. In his soon to be released memoirs, former Labor foreign minister Bob Carr remarks on the considerable influence the Israel lobby in Austra...CONTINUE READING

Labor's faction fictions

Rick Kuhn Prominent past and present Labor politicians, liberal literati and ALP well-wishers in the Murdoch press have been complaining for years about the influence of factions inside the party. Whether this whingeing is accompanied by calls to curb connections with the unions or not, it is part o...CONTINUE READING