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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, 2013

The baby refugee ‘threat’ to Australia

Just 2 weeks old & facing deportation from Australia.

Me on Razor Sharp last week

Me on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace last week on 3 KND. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/17-9-13-john-passant-australaian-national-university-canberra-liberal-govt-off-to-a-bad-start-with-plenty-excuses-surprises.mp3

Nobody tells the Commissioner of Taxation what to do

If the Minister wants to protect his mates, the lurks and perks men and women misusing contractor arrangements, then change the law instead of issuing diktats to independent officials.

Red Flag

Where does real change come from?

The radical historian Howard Zinn once said: “What matters is not who’s sitting in the White House. What matters is who’s sitting in!” If we want progressive change, we should take Zinn’s words to heart. Our side needs to get organised and rebuild a rank and file socialist current in the unions and an activist tradition on the campuses.

Albo and Shorten: the hollow men

What a choice Labor Party members have! It’s a choice between a Labor hack in previous Labor governments, governments which cut single parent payments, demonised refugees, continued the Northern Territory intervention and the war in Afghanistan, oversaw an historic the shift in wealth to the ruling class and increased the gender pay gap and a Labor hack in previous Labor governments, governments which cut single parent payments, demonised refugees, continued the Northern Territory intervention and the war in Afghanistan, oversaw the historic shift in wealth to the ruling class and increased the gender pay gap.

Socialist resistance in Iran

This is the extended version of a talk presented by Behzad Bagheri, an Iranian socialist activist, in a meeting jointly organised by Socialist Alternative and Iran Solidarity-Melbourne in July 2013. The text is edited by Afshin Nikouseresht and is reproduced from Redflag.

Syria: you can’t be anti-war and pro-dictator

The antiwar movement should reject the false idea that it must support a dictator in order to oppose imperialism. We should do all we can to mobilize opposition against the drive to attack Syria – while also standing with the many Syrians fighting on their own behalf against exploitation and repression.

Missing words and the Abbott government

Stop (reporting) the boats Open (slather) for business Ruling for all (rich) Australians Minister for (attacking) women Christmas (Island.) Bah. Humbug. Axe the tax (exemptions on fresh food, health and education in the GST) From a reader: “We will decide (what you know about) who comes to this country, and the conditions under which they […]

Saturday’s socialist speak out

The Visigoths have retreated to elect a new leader while the Vandals rule. Yet it was the Visigoths and their form of barbarism that opened the door to the Vandals and their version of barbarism.