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September 2016



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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)



Archive for September, 2016

Blackout in South Australia: Australia storms Right into the dark over renewables

A host of conservative politicians, including PM Turnbull, have opportunistically used the South Australian power outage to cast doubt on renewable energy, writes John Passant in Independent Australia.


Tax and the Forgotten Classes: from the Magna Carta to the English Revolution

My latest academic article has just been published and is available through this link to download.

Tax and the Forgotten Classes: from the Magna Carta to the English Revolution

Signed copies of my book of poetry Songs for the band unformed available

Signed copies of my first book of poetry, Songs for the Band Unformed, are available now. To find out about purchase details personal message me on Facebook so the whole world doesn’t see our details.

Banning Muslims is a standard Australian response

While Malcolm Turnbull was telling the UN how wonderful our offshore gulags are, 49% of Australians wanted to ban Muslim immigration. In Independent Australia I look at Australia’s structural racism.

Pauline Hanson’s resistible rise

In Independent Australia (IA) I discuss the political and economic conditions underlying the rise of “Hansonism”.

The plebiscite is dead: long live equal love!

Imagine if Labor mobilised hundreds of thousands to take to the streets to win equal love. That is a real plan B, Labor. Lead a mass civil rights campaign for equal marriage. Do it now. Call us out on to the streets to stop business as usual until we win equal love.

A year ago the seller changed; the sh*t sandwich however remains the same

  The problem is not who is selling us the sh*t sandwich; the problem is the sh*t sandwich.

Jeremy Corbyn remembers the victims of 9/11 and beyond


Why?   It is not the dark that threatens But the light It is midnight morning time That gathers reason beyond imagination That rides the train to backwardness We must all fear   And in that journey we cannot see The place is past and the world runs round Where other people walk their lives […]

Wage justice for the women’s AFL

The gender pay gap is alive and well in Australia and the phenomenal success of the recent women’s AFL exhibition match is a text book case in point, writes John Passant in Independent Australia. To read the article click here. Women’s AFL and the gender pay gap.