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September 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 September, 2017

Amazon sales of my poetry book

For overseas and Australian friends who are interested you can buy my 2016 book of poetry Songs for the Band Unformed through Amazon


Can Australia’s social democratic left defeat neoliberalism?

There is an urgent need for an organised political Left to challenge current neoliberal economic and social policy, says John Passant in Independent Australia.

I have marked the box of love – a poem

I have marked the box of love And survived the survey I am not gay, that is why Survival is easy for me A white man, Free, at least, of oppression A retired exploitée Living on the scraps of super But for those who have fought So long and well And those to come Can […]

Marriage equality will end Christmas, freedom and life as we know it

Conservatives are rallying against marriage equality in a desperate attempt to defend a backward system of discrimination that is crumbling around them, says John Passant in Independent Australia​.

The streets of old men – a poem

The streets of old men   We are all surfers on the waves of night Where the bridge of humanity meets the edge of light And where the old man stumbles along Singing songs in the flattened tones of yesterday   Can we house him in a place of quiet? Can he house himself in […]

Section 47 of the Marriage Act

MARRIAGE ACT 1961 – SECT 47 Ministers of religion not bound to solemnise marriage etc.  Nothing in this Part:     (a)  imposes an obligation on an authorised celebrant, being a minister of religion, to solemnise any  marriage; or     (b)  prevents such an authorised celebrant from making it a condition of his or […]

The Turnbull government is out of energy

Not only did we not save $200 a year as Abbott promised but energy prices have doubled since the Coalition scrapped the carbon tax; now, dropping subsidies for renewables is the latest thought bubble from the Nationals. John Passant reports in Independent Australia. Comments on the IA site please.  

The Turnbull government continues to attack workers

It’s time to break the unjust laws that make up Australia’s industrial relations system, writes John Passant in Independent Australia.,10681   Feel free to make comments on the site too and to share.

Farewell young man – a poem

I wrote this a year ago. Farewell young man In the blacklight dark  That is my country White men suit Themselves to rule Shining in their world Of fading fools While young boys lie Hooded in our prisons And boys on bikes die From driving knife hands No one asks why They ‘understand’ To question […]