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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 February, 2015

Malcolm X’s revolutionary life

In the first part of a Socialist Worker US feature on the revolutionary politics and enduring relevance of Malcolm X, Lee Sustar introduces the life of one of the 20th century’s most important revolutionaries, starting with the world of racism and injustice that shaped him.

Vote 1 George and Mildred

  Sick and tired of comedians running the country? The vote 1 George and Mildred.

Fifty years after the Freedom Ride

Solidarity has a good article on the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Ride through New South Wales. As they say:

By commanding front-page publicity, the Freedom Ride put Aboriginal rights squarely on the national agenda. The oppression of Aboriginal people could no longer be swept under the carpet.

However, as they also point out:

While formal discrimination was largely abolished in the 1970s, it was shamefully re-introduced with the Northern Territory Intervention in 2007. Across the country the social position of Aboriginal people remains dire. Most of the problems observed by the Freedom Riders, shamefully, persist 50 years on—inadequate housing, water and medical services, police harassment and child removal.

To read the whole article click here.

Asylum seeker Wei Lin’s account of the Australian government’s failed attempt to deport him back to China

On 19 December last year the Australian Government tried to deport asylum seeker Wei Lin from Australia back to China on an Air China flight. After Wei Lin protested on board, some passengers refused to cooperate when they found out what was happening and Wei Lin was saved from being sent back. His future is very uncertain. Green Left’s story explains the background and how activists and Wei Lin together with a number of passengers prevented his deportation. Why is he seeking asylum? As Simon Santow from ABC radio program AM put it: Advocates say Wei Lin had been harassed in China because of his knowledge of the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Chinese sport. One of the brave passengers’ reports can be found here. This is Wei Lin’s harrowing story in his own words.

Outsourcing asylum seeker deaths at sea

This is from Julian Burnside, prominent refugee advocate and human rights lawyer rebutting the Liberal lies about lives saved at sea because of the brutalisation of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru.  

Vale Faith Bandler

Great Aboriginal rights activist Faith Bandler has died.   Here are two snippets from a farewell in Red Flag by Cathy Lewis. Faith Bandler was a member of the Communist Party, the Union of Australian Women, the Aborigines Progressive Association, the Australian Aborigines League and co-founder of the Australian Aboriginal Fellowship. Her activism in the […]

If Greece can close down its refugee detention centres why can’t Australia?

SYRIZA, the new radical left wing government in Greece ‘pledged on Saturday to close down detention centres for [refugees] that have long been criticised by rights groups as inhumane.’ If Greece can do it, why not Australia? Ah, unlike Greece, we don’t have a radical left wing party here, built on strikes and demonstrations against austerity. Maybe it is time we built one and built strikes and demonstrations against Abbott’s austerity?

Joe Hockey really truly will crack down on tax avoidance, and pigs might fly

The next time the Treasurer tells you he has to cut pensions, aboriginal services, women’s refuges, health or education funding, ask him why he doesn’t shut down the section 25-90 rort and use the $600 million a year on something socially useful. What about it Mr Hockey? This of course is the same Mr Hockey happy to see Chris Jordan, the former NSW manager of major tax avoidance ‘planning’ firm, KPMG, and current Commissioner of Taxation, destroy the Australian Tax Office and its already meagre capacity to police the rich and powerful tax avoiders and evaders. Regulatory capture is the word I think we are searching for here, Mr Hockey.

‘Weak’ one of good government in Australia

Week one (or should that be weak one?) of good government in Australia has gone well hasn’t it? After his near death experience in the party room meeting last Monday when 39 of his own colleagues out of 100 voted for none of the above in a leadership ballot – ah OK, it was a spill motion to declare Abbott’s position as Prime Minister vacant – it has been all up, up and away for the good government that Abbott then promised. And what a choice at the next election: Tzetze Tony or Belly-laugh Bill. Both are neoliberal necrophiliacs. Our task remains to build an alternative to these conjoined neoliberal twins.

Police say it is OK to pepper spray protesters away

Students are keeping the flame of free speech alive with their ‘unauthorised’ protests against Pyne and his attempted destruction of Universities. To defend free speech and Universities join with students in their just campaign against fee deregulation and funding cuts on 25 March across Australia.