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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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Class war here to pay for war overseas and spies everywhere

The government has increased ASIO and other spy agency spending by $630 million a year.  The war in Iraq will cost an extra $500 million a year.

So who is going to pay for this? You and me, through more Budget cuts.

Treasurer Joe Hockey told AM: ‘ There have been a number of initiatives already announced which are very important, such as increased funding for security, we need to identify the savings that help to pay for those sorts of new initiatives.’

Hockey will announce the details of the billions in new cuts to pay for war and to cover the previous Budget measures the Senate rejected in December in the mid-year economic and fiscal outlook (MYEFO) budget update.

Abbott and Hockey are bringing the class war home. The message from the Abbott government couldn’t be any clearer. The war in Iraq is going to accelerate the war on workers and the poor, the sick, the disabled, the young, the old and the unemployed here in Australia.

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Comments

Comment from Alan Raabe
Time October 2, 2014 at 8:15 am

100% accurate observation. The Abbott domestic class wars have just intensified.

Comment from Chris Hostettler
Time October 2, 2014 at 9:03 am

I don’t agree with the money spending priorities: Spend money on education and not on wars!

Comment from peter piper
Time October 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm

the muslim extremists need to be taught a lesson, if that involves cutting foreign aid, then so be it

Comment from John
Time October 2, 2014 at 3:16 pm

A ridiculous and delusional rant.

Comment from Ross
Time October 2, 2014 at 8:14 pm

Both Labor and the Coalition just do the bidding of the banking ,military ,industrial complex.

They do not serve we the people but their foreign masters who own us via the creation of money as debt.

Remember “All the way with LBJ” during the Vietnam war ? Now it’s all the way with Barack O’ Bomber. We have learnt nothing.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time October 3, 2014 at 4:19 am

Yes, John, I think your posting is largely correct.

The UN will use any means possible to drive down the economies of the western nations, including getting their chosen marionettes to involve Australians in a war on the other side of the world, which must be financed somehow.

I am no longer one of only a few people who wish to withdraw from both the superannuation system and UN agreements, as these are the primary drivers of negative UN capitalist agendas.

Comment from Kay
Time October 3, 2014 at 7:32 am

Lorikeet

Honestly – how EXACTLY is the superannuation system and UN agreements “the primary drivers of negative UN capitalist agendas.”

Just because you didn’t benefit from the superannuation system because you quit work so early, and didn’t defer payment thus preserving your employer component, don’t begrudge those many seniors who live a very comfortable life, with minimal impact on the taxpayer, courtesy of superannuation. Other workers would not thank you for this. I mean, who wants to face old age dependent upon the government pension if you could improve that situation? You should be encouraging the government to assist low income earners to accumulate a reasonable amount in superannuation by the time they retire. After all, public servants like you and me were fortunately forced to contribute from our after-tax income – it seemed an imposition at the time, but now I appreciate it.

You and Ross always appear to sprout the typical ‘conspiracy theory’ stuff from the web.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time October 8, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Kay, you are completely wrong about my superannuation holdings. I was driven out of the workplace by the federal government when I was suffering from a PERMANENT workplace injury. But that does not mean I have no superannuation holdings now.

As many people have tried to tell you before, low income earners do not have the capacity to top up their superannuation, since they mostly have to live a hand to mouth existence. I am not talking about myself here, only to say that you have the bull by the tail.

To answer your question, the superannuation system empowers capitalists. They are using our life savings to build their empires throughout the world, while depleting government coffers and driving small businesses to the wall.

Various UN agreements sell us out as a nation, resulting in unfair Free Trade Agreements and a diminution of Australian manufacturing, to say nothing of ill effects on our farmers.

Excessive immigration and FIFO arrangements deprive Australian workers of jobs and drive down wages. The attendance of ACTU representatives at meetings of a similar global body ensure we are subjected to global flattening.

The regular redistribution of our superannuation holdings to multinational companies also takes funds out of Australia. This is compounded by the fact they pay very few taxes in Australia, making it difficult for the government to pay Age Pensions and other welfare payments, including topping up the incomes of Superannuants, especially at times when interest rates are low.

All of these things cause a massive drain on the Australian economy, driving us backwards. According to the IMF, Australia can expect to suffer the highest rates of unemployment in the Asia/Pacific Region over the next 2 years.

I don’t even read “conspiracy theory” stuff from the web. I stay tuned to whatever UN officials are saying via national television and compare it with the government’s actions. I go out into the community to find out what is happening to the people.

Once again, I will say that the term “conspiracy theory” was coined so that detractors could use it in an attempt to shut down debate.