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Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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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)



The decline and fall of the LNP regime


#BarnabyGate has exposed the reality of the ineptitude of the Turnbull Government and the end is near, writes John Passant in Independent Australia


Should Barnaby Joyce resign … and what about Malcolm Turnbull?

[Deputy Prime Minister Joyce (left) and Prime Minister Turnbull at the New England by-election, December 2017 (screen shot via @9NewsSyd).]

If a thorough investigation into the potential abuse of power and misuse of public funds in the Barnaby Joyce affair isn’t undertaken, then both the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister should resign, I write in Independent Australia.

There is no one to walk with

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There is no one to walk with
No one to talk to
No one to pat, or feed
To lead, or be led, away
Past the dam
Damn my head
I miss you my friend
And your pushy walk me ways
I miss you my friend
And the feeding frenzy you made
Your white Golden coathairs
Adorn the wooden floor
You are here and there
But no more
Can we do the things we loved
I miss you my friend.

John Passant 7 February 2018

On Invasion Day, I heard Australia screaming

Invasion Day march, Melbourne, 26 January 2018 (screen shot via @Ruptly).

Calls for Tarneen Onus-Williams to resign from the Koori Youth Council are confected outrage because she dared to speak out against oppression, I write in Independent Australia.

Right wing nut jobs, Bill Shorten is no Jeremy Corbyn


Rightwingers think painting Bill Shorten as a radical will scare voters away from Labor. They’re wrong on all counts, I write in Independent Australia.

My poem, Burn, Australia, burn, published by Blackfulla Revolution


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Blackfulla Revolution have published my poem, Burn, Australia, burn. They say:

This beautiful poem does not mean that the writer hopes the country will actually combust. He means quite the opposite.

Fire is the bringer of new growth. Aboriginal people used it to bring fresh young grass to the plains, where they could more easily hunt. It was an important part of the cycle of life, and well managed and understood.

So with that in mind, please enjoy this, knowing it is written and shared in the spirit of renewal and the spirit of peace.

You can read that introduction, and the whole poem, Burn, Australia, burn, at Blackfulla Revolution

Trains, strikes and the right to break unjust laws

The weekend’s Invasion Day protests are symbolic of a growing undercurrent of dissatisfaction with Australia’s unjust laws, I write in Independent Australia.

Australia Day: Changing the date changes nothing

Changing the date will not resolve anything without a Treaty, recognition of sovereignty and paying the rent, I write in Independent Australia.

Johnny Peasant, Peter Swain and The Awesome at the National Folk Festival in Canberra over Easter

We’ve been holding our breaths with excitement but finally we are able to announce that The Awesome have been selected to perform at The National, joined by poet John Passant and didgeridoo/artist/poet Peter Swain. Happy dance 💃!!!


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Dutton and Turnbull enable Nazis

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is Australia’s Donald Trump, I write in Independent Australia.