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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 November, 2011

Egypt’s revolution returns to the streets

Mostafa Omar, a member of Egypt’s Revolutionary Socialists and journalist for Ahram Online, spoke with Lee Sustar in Socialist Worker about the dynamics of the movement and the prospects for the renewal of Egypt’s revolutionary movement.

Egyptians rage against the regime

Now there is unprecedented clarity among the Egytpian people. They understand that the enemy is the military junta. Egyptians don’t just want Field Marshal Tantawi to step down. People now want to see him tried for crimes against the Egyptian people.

Is real change coming?

Having socialists involved in the struggles of the day, socialists with an understanding of the tasks necessary to win a better world here and now and into the future and coalescing around common ideas about socialism and democracy is an important part of the ultimate success of the liberationist project.

Egyptian Revolutionary Socialists’ Statement on the crisis in Egypt

The people won a victory on 11 February 2011 by forcing Mubarak to vacate his seat at the top table. They did not do this to replace him with new military Mubaraks, but to replace him with a completely new regime. Our revolution is not complete!

We, the Revolutionary Socialists, stationed in Tahrir Square since the first day, call on the brave masses of the revolutionaries in the streets and squares of Egypt today, to apply the lessons of the 25 January Revolution and to unite all the forces in our ‘Liberated Squares’ in a single front, which alone has the right to speak for the revolution.

Brisbane guitarist

My son is moving to Brisbane soon. He is, he tells me, a song writer and I know he is a great guitarist. Any bands need a guitarist and, as a bonus, a song writer? Any gigs he could do?

Nurses and QANTAS workers: a tale of two campaigns

QANTAS workers could walk off the job tonight, and picket to stop any supplies or personnel getting in or out. That way, like the magnificent Fair Work Australia and government defying Victorian nurses, they might have a chance of winning.

Can Europe survive?

If two years ago the European ruling class had “no unified strategy or coherent response”, it is clearer now. Smash, grab, hold on and try to weather both the economic storm and the wave of popular resistance that is being provoked. What remains unclear is how exactly they will be able to do so.

The recent resource rent tax experience in Australia

My article on the recent recent resource rent tax experience in Australia (written before the Occupy movment took off so already a bit out of date.) http://www.canberra.edu.au/faculties/law/attachments/pdf/canberra-law-review-2011-vol.-10-2/Passant-John-Lessons-from-the-Recent-Resource-Rent-Tax-Experience-in-Australia-_2011_-10_2_-Canberra-Law-Rev.pdf

Saturday’s socialist speak out

Obama has been and gone and the Australian sycophancy parties wet themselves. Actually, that is being unfair to sycophants.

US imperialism is establishing a beachhead in Darwin for its containment policy against China, a beachhead far enough away from China’s missiles. Both Labor and the Liberals – the parties of the one percent – support this because it is in the interests of Australian capitalism, although mining capital might be a little worried.

Victory to Victorian nurses

Victorian nurses have the power to destroy the system of fines and threats of jail that are part and parcel of Labor’s Fair Work Act. Indeed, such is the importance of this dispute that other workers and unions should be mobilising in support of the nurses to help them smash Labor’s draconian and anti-worker Fair Work Act and win better pay and conditions.