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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 August, 2010

Election 2010: Labor smashed, Parliament hung

Stable Government will become the mantra of the moment for the bourgeoisie and their parties. Let’s give them instability and fight to protect and expand jobs, wages and conditions.

Yuk what a choice! Saturday’s socialist speak out

Have your say on the Australian election being held today or any other matters you want. For what it is worth I am going to vote Green, then Labor and Liberal. Those are the 3 choices in my electorate. I would have voted socialist first if such a candidate or candidates had stood in my […]

The idea of an Abbott Government keeps me awake at night too

“This is a knife-edge election result,” Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard told Sydney radio station 2Day FM. “It will be a long, late night on Saturday and every vote counts, absolutely every vote. “So it’s very tough. It’s very, very tight.” Leaving aside Labor’s tactic of painting themselves as possible losers and thus winning back waverers, […]

Making hate respectable

The demonization of Islam is the ideological face of the U.S. drive to control the flow of oil from the Middle East and to project its military and political influence around the world.

More rich bastards rattle their pearls in protest

It’s the interests of the rich schools, the rich miners, the big polluters and the other billionaire bludgers whom Gillard and her Labor Party serve.

Who really rules Australia?

For Marxists it’s not such much “whoever you vote for, the government always wins” but “whoever you vote for, the capitalists always win”. As Marx himself put it in The Communist Manifesto: “the bourgeoisie has…since the establishment of modern industry and of the world market, conquered for itself, in the modern representative State, exclusive political sway. The executive of the modern state is but a committee for managing the common affairs of the whole bourgeoisie.”

Yes we will: a platitude wrapped in a cliché inside fatuity

What could ‘yes we will’ mean? What Gillard actually meant was yes we will do nothing. Except continue to implement policies for the rich and powerful.

Floods in Pakistan; hypocrisy from the West

The floods in Pakistan, their human causes and Empire’s inhuman response might well be the harbingers of a new barbarism.

Some questions for Abbott and Gillard

And when the boats keep coming (a good thing), and interest rates go up, and unemployment skyrockets, and GDP falls, and climate change wreaks more and more havoc on our planet, and the Taliban win in Afghanistan, what then? A retreat further into reaction and the politics of fear and attacking the victims even more?

The fight for same sex marriage escalates

The time to increase the pressure and up the ante for equal love and same sex marriage has come. Let’s build on the demonstrations on Saturday and shake the comfortable unchallenged foundations of Labor and Liberal bigotry to its core.