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May 2017



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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 May, 2017

Batter down the richest door

Batter down the richest door Mateship sailed, soiled, The myth of men, Of outback fuckers In a world of cities And out of luckers The equality of fools Of shared nothing The solidarity of tools Honed on the loneliness Of space The great white plains That exist in heads alone Explain too much And so […]


‘Philanthropy’ and the Financial Review Rich List 2017

The 2017 Rich List is out and no amount of “philanthropy” from those who pay little or no tax can disguise Australia’s disproportionate wealth divisions, I write in Independent Australia.  

She rises the moon

She rises the moon   Every month God bleeds His needs, unmanned Her deeds, at hand The intersex of love Is caught, Between the two   This She knew And wild walked the side Until His feet bled, Well, heeled Between the end And the felt Stood potential Drained to gain Renewed the fame Again, […]

A picture paints a thousand words

The media, democracy and what the people want

The future of journalism and democracy lies in news and analysis that reflects the interests of ordinary people, I write in Independent Australia.

Taking a scalpel to the poor, unemployed, students and workers: Budget 2017

Unlike the Abbott/Hockey sledgehammer approach, this Turnbull/Morrison 2017 Budget is still cutting off our arms and legs but anaesthetising us first, says John Passant in Independent Australia.

What this Budget does …

What this Budget does for: (a) the environment – nothing (b) jobs – nothing (c) falling real wages – nothing (d) job insecurity – nothing (e) homelessness – nothing (f) housing affordability – nothing (g) poverty – nothing

Forthcoming interview about my book of poetry

Barbie Robinson interviewed me about my book of poetry, Songs for the Band Unformed. It will be played on WriteOn on ArtSound this Wednesday 10 May between 3.30 and 4 pm. You can listen online to it here then.

A racist Labor Party ad for a racist Labor Party policy

The racist ad is part of Labor’s well worked out and deliberate Trump strategy. The Liberal Party has disguised racism in its turn to ‘Australian’ values; the Labor Party has disguised racism in its lies about Australian jobs.

Trump’s cringeworthy meeting with Trump

  Malcolm Turnbull’s trip to shake the hand of Donald Trump has diminished the prime minister and is degrading for Australia, writes ​John Passant in Independent Australia.