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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (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. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (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

Sick kids and paying upfront


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. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Put a socialist into the Senate?

I am looking forward to the Labor Party pre-selecting a real left-winger for the top Senate spot to replace Senator Kate Lundy in the Australian Capital Territory.

Such a person would, among other things, fight publicly for refugees (rather than strangle Labor for Refugees from their office) and rage against the racist Northern Territory intervention and the rotten basics card flowing from that. Who knows, in any Labor Party leadership fight they would even  vote for the left-wing candidate instead of a milksop like Shorten.

They would argue vociferously for equal pay for equal work (rather than be a Minister in a government which saw the gender pay gap widen). They would oppose the Orwellian named ‘efficiency’ dividend and cuts to public services like public health, public education and public transport. They would shout from the rooftops ‘Tax the rich’.

At the heart of their vision would be the need to fight against the 1%. Not only would they urge workers to strike to defend jobs, conditions, wages and safety, even when such strikes are ‘illegal’ under the bosses’  law, but they would lead workers in such struggles, making their office a centre for union and other activism.

In doing all of this they wold be fighting against Labor and Liberal policies of the last 3 decades of transferring more and more wealth from labour to capital.

They would fight for Australia to become a totally renewable energy society within a decade.

On international policy I look forward to them condemning the close relationship the Australian ruling class has with US imperialism, fighting for the closure of Pine Gap and the Darwin base, oppose our participation in imperialist wars, express support for the right of Palestinians to resist the genocide Israel unleashes against them and  highlight the plight of West Papua under Indonesian colonialism.

Instead of being a mouthpiece for Labor Party conservatism and neoliberalism, I also expect the Senator to propose recognition of prior sovereignty, a treaty and paying the rent to the original inhabitants Australian capitalism drove off their land in an ongoing act of genocide.

And to make sure politicians understand the economic pain ordinary working people are under, a socialist in the Senate would move to have the pay of politicians cut to and tied to the average wage.  Their super scheme would be the superannuation guarantee invested in a fund of their choice.

Pigs might fly. The best we can hope for is a pretend leftie like Lundy. The worst we can expect is another hack not only defending the ALP’s indefensible and reactionary policies but doing so enthusiastically.

Maybe it is time for a socialist to not just be building or supporting these campaigns but to stand for the Senate against the sell-out that is Labor.



Comment from paul walter
Time November 29, 2014 at 8:48 am

Kate Lundy retiring is not “once more unto the breach, dear friends” stuff. Its a sad abdication of responsibility’, from someone who could have made a difference.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time December 1, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I’m not sure I would agree with all of these proposals, John, but I would certainly look forward to an increase in the number of statesmen and women comprising the new loosely knit Common Sense Coalition.

A larger number of people on the cross benches might at least ensure a tightening of some of the loopholes in Coalition and Labor policy.

No doubt the major parties will continue to squeal like stuck pigs about “useless minor parties and independents” to ensure it never happens.

Comment from Jason Cebalo
Time December 2, 2014 at 8:49 am

Will you be a candidate, comrade Passant?

Comment from John
Time December 2, 2014 at 3:22 pm

The thought has occurred to me.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time December 5, 2014 at 9:49 am

I would love to get into the Senate myself. I don’t think Jacqui Lambie is nearly as bad as the Coalition would like to have us believe. She certainly has more guts than the yellow stripe brigade from Labor and Coalition.

I’m not sure if there has ever been a better time in recent years for smaller parties and independents to give it a go.

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