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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 September, 2011

Troy Davis: the US to execute another innocent man

An innocent man, Troy Davis, will die to satisfy the blood lust of a regime hell bent on disciplining and controlling the ‘enemy’ within and the ‘enemy’ outside its borders. All to protect private property and profit. Abolish the death penalty.

Why Karl Marx was right

Lee Sustar explains why mainstream economists are referring to Karl Marx in discussions of the world economy–and why they won’t talk about the whole Marx.

Mainstream media – leading from behind?

A year or so ago I wrote about the similarities between ‘turning back the boats’ and the treatment of the St Louis (and revisited it just under 2 weeks ago) on my blog. A few days ago an article in The Age made the same point. A few years ago I wrote about the possible rebirth […]

Why is Australian politics so hollow and boring?

The major parties are pretty much the same on every issue, from refugee-bashing to industrial relations policy, so the battleground is necessarily about trivia and not about substance.

What’s wrong with conspiracy theories

What’s wrong with conspiracy theories? Just about everything argues socialist and blogger John Molyneux.

Sunday’s socialist speak out

On Tuesday the Government introduced its neoliberal anti-working class carbon tax whose end result over time will be making workers pay for the environmental crisis of capitalism and hasten a shift to gas fired power stations. Coal Seam Gas exploration anyone?

Labor – 8000 new members?

If Labor wants 8000 new members it could reject neoliberalism. It could tax big business and the rich. It could pay public servants, teachers, nurses and community workers much more. It could abolish the Australian Building and Construction Commission. It could process refugees on shore, legislate for gay marriage, give self-determination to aborigines and pay the rent, end the invasion of the Northern Territory… It could, it could, it could…

It won’t. It can’t address its open embrace of the market for the last 30 years. The key to that has been the class collaboration of the trade union leadership. The consequence is a party trapped in ongoing decline. We are witnessing the final death rattles of Labor as the party of social democracy in Australia. Who better to lead it than a woman with no social democratic vision?

“Conscience vote” is no way to win equal marriage rights

A free vote would give the Labor Party a cowardly back-door excuse to not take a principled stand on a common-sense issue of civil and human rights. It represents a concession to the bigots in the party determined to maintain discrimination.

Labor: turning off the light on the hill

We see in Labor’s disgraceful attempts to resuscitate the Malaysian solution the example par excellence of Labor’s complete degeneration into a neoliberal party of the working class and perhaps beyond that class.

The time of the Australia Labor Party even being capable of pretending to be a social democratic party may almost be at an end.

Spam attack

The site has been under attack for the last few days and I am getting thousands of unwanted messages, most of which are being automatically sent to spam. I am deleting them in bulk. But because there are thousands of them, if your comment has gone to spam because of some key spam words used […]