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

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Archive for June, 2010

Can Julia Gillard save brand Labor? Thursday’s talk fest

Julia Gillard will become Prime Minister on Thursday morning. The right wing of the Labor Party will support her. They all fear an Abbott Government; the unions because of the loss of some minor power they have in the workplaces under Rudd and Gillard’s Workchoices lite; the Parliamentary members because they will lose their seats. Will Julia […]

Even in death, class matters

We as a nation would be better off spending our money on safety at work and safe passage for refugees to Australia than wasting it on the likes of Ken Talbot.

Even in death, class matters.

How the scramble for profit wrecked the Gulf

The Obama administration is promising to crack down on BP, but future catastrophes are certain because of the nature of a system that prioritises profit over the planet. With oil still gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, each new day brings fresh evidence of the reckless incompetence and arrogance of oil giant BP – and […]

So why are we in Afghanistan?

Our trained killers are dying in Afghanistan for a protection racket and insurance policy with the US. Bring the troops home.

Penrith: Is reformism dead?

The contradiction between the working class’s yearning for reforms and the inability of reformist parties to deliver them can be broken. A mass revolutionary party of the working class can offer an alternative to the economic reaction of the major and minor parties.

Afghanistan: victory to the resistance? Sunday’s speak easy

With more troops being sent to Afghanistan and dying there, it is time to think again about what position the left takes on the war and the resistance.  Hit the comments button to have your say or see what others think on this and any other issue.

Interview on the mining tax

Here’s a link to me talking about the mining tax and other tax matters on community radio station 2XX fm in Canberra a few weeks ago. http://soundcloud.com/act-work/100527-john-passant

Is Labor gone? Saturday’s socialist speak out

The Rudd Labor Government is on the nose.  Can it recover lost ground? Will Abbott be Prime Minister soon? Is the decline merely part of the ups and downs of political life or is it symptomatic of something deeper, like the death of Labor’s version of reformism?  The defeat of NSW Labor in Penrith with a […]

Paul Hogan’s tax crock

The release of information about Paul Hogan’s tax affairs shows an insatiable desire among the rich to avoid paying tax. The arrangements themselves are fairly simple, and to be frank, not that sophisticated.  They are also beyond the means of any working class taxpayer. First it looks as if Hogan played off US and Australian […]

Taxing workers more

It’s the rich what gets the gravy, it’s the poor what gets the blame. That just about sums up Henry’s long term tax vision for Australian capitalism.