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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 October, 2015

With those sorts of policies Justin Trudeau is clearly unelectable I tell you, unelectable

I reckon Justin Trudeau is even more unelectable than that UK Labour bloke, Jeremy Corbyn. Thank heaven we in Australia have the very very electable alternative Prime Minister and Labor Party leader Bill Shorten and his party’s neoliberal, warmongering and racist policies.

My Razor Sharp interview with Sharon Firebrace on 20 October

This is the link to my 30 minute Razor Sharp interview with Sharon Firebrace on 20 October. We discuss among other things the polls and Turnbull’s popularity, the likelihood of a March election, the lack of fight in Labor, problems in the economy, privatisation, neoliberalism, tax and much much more.

Tax, Turnbull and the Cayman Islands again

An annual net wealth tax on the top 10 percent of the wealth holders, abolition of the superannuation tax haven, removal of the capital gains tax concession, taxing trusts like companies, imposing a super profits tax on all industries (such as banks, not just mining companies,) making the current income tax system more progressive, with for example a 100% rate on all income greater than $250,000, are just a few suggestions that come to my mind. Of course, Labor as a party of neoliberalism won’t do anything radical. It will fiddle while the revenue Rome burns

Male authority figure in Australia doesn’t believe rape victim – how unusual

Just another case of a male authority figure not believing a raped woman. Unusual eh?

Close down Australia’s cities to save Abyan?

The one tactic the refugee movement hasn’t tried to date, apart from activists undertaking essentially stand alone actions, is arguing for and then trying to mobilise the thousands who turn out to rallies around a specific call for civil disobedience. My suggestion is that the left begin agitating to occupy the centre of the capital cities until Abyan is bought back to Australia for medical treatment and try to build just such a movement in the next week.

Abyan: abuse upon abuse

On Friday evening the Turnbull government chartered a plane and sent Abyan* – a raped, pregnant 23 year old refugee – back to Nauru, without receiving medical care.1

Me in the Canberra Times on the PM, tax and the Cayman Islands

This is a link to my article in The Canberra Times on Saturday 17 October 2015 about the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his Cayman Islands’ investments.

The PM is no ordinary taxpayer, which is why clarification is needed.

Nauru: the horrific war on refugee women

With news coming through that Immigration Minister Peter Dutton today said that ‘the federal government would not be “blackmailed” into allowing pregnant asylum seekers at Nauru’s detention centre into Australia for medical treatment’, I revisited Ian Rintoul’s article on the war on refugee women on Nauru. Writing a week ago in the magazine of the revolutionary socialist organisation Solidarity, Ian says, among other things:

‘The shocking ABC 7.30 story highlighted just two rapes of Somali women. There are many more. Women freed to live in the community are now the victims of a reign of terror supported by the policies of the Australian and Nauruan governments. There were serious illusions that new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull would at least modify offshore processing—but the gloss is quickly wearing off… Nauru is not even a gilded cage—it is a house of horrors. Both Manus and Nauru must be closed.’

To read the whole article click here.

Where are the Greens heading under Richard Di Natale?

Amy Thomas in Solidarity discusses where the Greens are heading under Richard Di Natale.

My 13 October interview on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace

This is the link to my 30 minute interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on 13 October. We discuss the Abbott-Turnbull government, increasing authoritarianism (metadata, arrest without charge,) the economy and the ongoing need to resist the attacks on the poor and working class. The interview will be replayed on radio 3KND on Wednesday […]