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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (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
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

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The sayings of Mr Chastity Belt

This site will collect the more colourful sayings and comments of Australia’s Opposition leader, Tony Abbott, to help remind people of what they will get if they vote for him and the Liberals and Nationals. The interview with Abbott in the February 2010 edition of the Australian Women’s Weekly provides fertile ground. Feel free to send in other comments.

On sex before marriage

‘I would say to my daughters…[virginity] is the greatest gift you can give someone…’

On dope

‘I puffed on a marijuana cigarette, but I didn’t inhale.’

On abortion

‘…I would like to see fewer abortions.’

On his six months paid maternity leave proposal

‘My thinking has moved on since then and I think … it’s very important that any national scheme doesn’t disadvantage small business.

From an article by Annabel Crabb on the ABC site The Drum quoting Abbott:

‘My father reckons that, as child in the north of England during the depression, he went to a kind of communist Sunday school where they sang the Red Flag instead of hymns. These are the disadvantages I have had to overcome!”

And from the same piece, talking about John Howard:

‘…the best political mind that conservative politics has produced in 50 years.’

On his political heritage (from Mark Metherell in the Sydney Morning Herald on 27 November 2009):

‘[I am] the ideological love child of John Howard and fellow conservative Bronwyn Bishop.’

On climate change (from the Pyrenees Advocate):

‘The climate of science change is absolute crap.’

On boat people:

‘…in the right circumstances you’ve got to be prepared to turn boats around.’

On the possibility of him becoming Prime Minister

‘Shit happens’.

Readers might also like to have a look at The selling of Mr Abbott.

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