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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 June, 2016

Orlando – a letter from a socialist in America

Basically the Orlando shooter was ignorant, self-conflicted, racist, sexist, homophobe, had a sick admiration for authority and was obsessed with guns and violence, eventually acting upon all of that. Sorry folks, but your supposed “Islamic radical terrorist from Afghan” is as American as apple pie made with homegrown apples and baked in an American made oven.

Some socialists to vote for in NSW, Victoria and WA

       

The workers’ movement that could destroy France’s ‘Socialist’ government

Writing in Socialist Worker UK, and republished in Australian socialist magazine Solidarity, Dave Sewell starts off by saying:

‘A wave of strikes and protests to defend workers’ rights is causing a crisis for France’s Labour-type government. President Francois Hollande’s proposed Work Law increases working hours and gives bosses more power to sack workers.’

To read the whole article in Solidarity magazine click here (via my blog). The French resistance that could take down a government

Labor and fairness

A pre-occupation with Triple-A ratings mean Labor’s economic policies are only marginally more considerate of Australia’s rising inequality than those of the Coalition, writes John Passant in Independent Australia. To read the whole article click here. How can there be fairness in an unfair economy?

No to homophobia; no to Islamophobia

Nicole Colson in Socialist Worker US reports on the outpouring of solidarity for the victims of the horrific Orlando mass shooting – and the need to challenge the tide of racist scapegoating of Muslims. She says, among other things, that ‘at the heart of the Orlando massacre is an uncomfortable reality that most media and political figures won’t examine: The way that toxic bigotry can metastasize into violence, especially in a society with easy access to the most deadly of weapons.’

Don’t turn homophobia into Islamophobia

No to all forms of oppression. No to all right-wing forces that thrive on hate. No to islamophobia and homophobia. Solidarity.

We stand with Martin Hirst

This dark environment at Universities is the consequence of the ongoing and deepening commodification of higher education, a process both major parties have been deeply involved in. When your Grundnorm is profit, ideas which challenge that, however expressed, are a threat to the very essence of the machine that is now the University sector. That machine is destroying the University as the seeming bastion of difference and the dissemination of often currently unconventional and unpopular ideas. To defend academic freedom we must defend Martin Hirst.

Historical Note: The History of Taxation is Written in Letters of Blood and Fire

Historical Note: The History of Taxation is Written in Letters of Blood and Fire   Tax, war, democracy and rebellion intertwine down the ages. In this paper I introduce readers to the reasons why tax history is important and the concepts underpinning later articles. The four tax history articles that will be published in total […]

Hillary’s ‘I’m not Trump’ campaign

THE MESSAGE to the Democratic Party’s more liberal voting base is already clear: Sure, you may have some criticisms of Hillary Clinton, and you may have liked what Bernie Sanders had to say – but it’s time to get real and start helping ensure the victory of the “lesser evil” in order to stop the “greater evil.” But everything about Clinton’s political career is further evidence that voting for the “lesser evil” leads to evils of both kinds.

Feminists like Turnbull and refugee women on Nauru

If Malcolm Turnbull really is a  feminist why is he locking up innocent women and girls on Nauru and Manus Island and subjecting them to rape, torture and other abuses?

Bring them here. Let them stay.  That is what a feminist would do.