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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)



Thai rescue highlights our humanity – but not of ‘our’ leaders

Cartoon by Mark David / @mdavidcartoons


In Australia, we erupted with joy as we watched the Thai rescue, but our leaders have not planned a rescue operation for 134 children still imprisoned in Nauru, I write in Independent Australia


Rescuing children: from Thailand to Nauru


The Age, Monday 9 July

Three in the morning thanks the pen – a poem

Chocolate and tea at 3
In the morning
Does not help
Facebook news
Does not help
Maybe the sleep that cannot be
But the mind is tight
From yesterday’s struggles
Bureaucracy wins
All the time
Over heart, and mind
The two things it does not have
But I do
I do,
A marriage of the two
Too much
Enough! Enough!
Is never enough
To banish the fluff
That becomes the clasp
The grasping hand
Of defeat
That is not the question
But it is
And the answer is
I do not know
It is too early for the morn
And too late
For the mourning
Too early for the past
Too late for the last
Let me then return
To my chocolate and high tea
Some comfort
For me, at least
Until the beast
Rides again
When long ago becomes tonight
I cannot fight
Just now
Maybe the blanket waves
Will capture me
What day is this
When the sun is hidden
Hiding in its driven place
No space
Only the dark
The carrow calls
But that was yesterday
The sober way
Is now
Maybe that is why
Bed beckons
And thanks the pen
John Passant 3 July 2018

Turnbull’s feigned class war outrage

(Image via @unionsaustralia)

If Malcolm Turnbull’s outrage at the suggestion that he will benefit from his own tax cuts is justified, he can just release his tax returns so we can judge, writes former assistant tax commissioner, John Passant, in Independent Australia.

The concentration camps of Turnbull and Trump

Cartoon by Mark David / @mdavidcartoons.

Ripping kids out of the arms of their mothers and putting them in cages is not an aberration — it is business as usual for Western “civilisation” I write in Independent Australia.

The Turnbull government: Those who would destroy the ABC, if they could

My thoughts in Independent Australia on the Government and the Liberal Party’s anti-ABC  approach. They would destroy the ABC if they could.

ANU’s ‘Western Civilisation’ decision: A festival of reaction for the rabid right

Nobel Laureate and ANU Vice Chancellor asked to justify rejecting the Ramsey Centre’s proposal (screenshot via @abc730).

In Independent Australia I discuss whether ANU’s rejection of the Ramsay Centre’s proposal is evidence that it has sacrificed Western civilisation on the ‘Altar of Leftist Warriors’.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation implodes – again

Senator Pauline Hanson (screen shot via @9NewsAUS).

Hanson’s ever-changing policy approach reflects the PHONies’ pretense of being for the battlers while aspiring to be part of the establishment, I write in Independent Australia.

Our world is coming

Our world is coming

I am a socialist of the heart
The heart?
My heart

I have read Marx and Engels
Lenin and Trotsky
And Luxemburg

And those who follow in their footsteps
Their slow, winding steps,
To the Cliff of revolution

Away and to
From and to
Always to

Never reaching to
Sometimes close
Sometimes …

1917, 53, 56, 68
Ah 68 here and there
I am alive

And 89 to 91
The lies fall
The wall torn down

The people breathe
The still polluted air
Let’s start afresh

China’s workers awakening? When?
The rest of Asia’s, when?

America’s, when?
Europe’s, when?
The Middle East’s, when?

And the island
I live on
Australia’s when?

It will come …
Will my heart see it?
My head?

Enough of questions
My heart is happy
Knowing it will happen

My head?
That is not my heart
It judges

Too late for some
Too early for others

While my eyes remain
On workers
As workers

On struggle
As class struggle

On hope
There is ‘clear blue sky above the wall,
and sunlight everywhere’

A world to come
Of all evil

Happy, happy heart
Happy, happy head
Head, heart part
Of one body, united
I am whole

Dreaming of when
Workers no longer rule
Their state dies

For us to live
That is what we give
People, people, people

Not profit
But people
First second and third

In our world
That lives, and breathes
Au naturel

For people
Of people
By people
Our world is coming

The 2018 AFR Rich List: A sad indictment of Australia’s rampant neoliberalism

The latest AFR Rich List charts Australia’s wealthiest and illustrates why we have one of the fastest growing inequality rates in the world, writes John Passant in Independent Australia.