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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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Bigger than Barry Spurr

It’s rare for the left to receive gifts from the establishment writes Daniel Lopez in Red Flag.

Yet the leak of Professor Barry Spurr’s private email conversations is a gift if ever there was one. And we can happily predict that this gift will keep on giving.

Spurr has been suspended. And better still, the emails reveal a long list of recipients: friends and colleagues who presumably share his bigoted views. I imagine a lot of frantic inbox clearing took place in the days after the scandal broke.

The hostile reaction to Barry Spurr’s bigotry has been heartening. Students have protested, and all his allies in politics and the academy have been conspicuously silent, or have distanced themselves from him.

However, this scandal speaks of more than just one (or a handful) of bigoted cranks. It illustrates a couple of important realities about academia and politics.

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Comment from Kay
Time October 25, 2014 at 6:41 am

So, Barry Spurr is just another ratbag academic! I’m sure you’d know all about that. Clearly in academia there are people with all sorts of extreme views – or with a very twisted sense of humour.

BTW from time to time I have received emails from friends or neighbours that express quite ridiculous xenophobic and/or racist views and/or jokes. I just delete them. People are entitled to have views different from mine. My mere receiving of the email does not mean I agree with the ideas expressed. It is only if I reply in kind that I could fairly be associated with the original email’s ideas. Might I suggest that many recipients of Spurr’s emails just cringed and deleted.