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January 2018



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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 January, 2018

My poem, Burn, Australia, burn, published by Blackfulla Revolution

    Blackfulla Revolution have published my poem, Burn, Australia, burn. They say: This beautiful poem does not mean that the writer hopes the country will actually combust. He means quite the opposite. Fire is the bringer of new growth. Aboriginal people used it to bring fresh young grass to the plains, where they could […]


Trains, strikes and the right to break unjust laws

  The weekend’s Invasion Day protests are symbolic of a growing undercurrent of dissatisfaction with Australia’s unjust laws, I write in Independent Australia.  

Australia Day: Changing the date changes nothing

Changing the date will not resolve anything without a Treaty, recognition of sovereignty and paying the rent, I write in Independent Australia.

Johnny Peasant, Peter Swain and The Awesome at the National Folk Festival in Canberra over Easter

We’ve been holding our breaths with excitement but finally we are able to announce that The Awesome have been selected to perform at The National, joined by poet John Passant and didgeridoo/artist/poet Peter Swain. Happy dance 💃!!!    

Dutton and Turnbull enable Nazis

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is Australia’s Donald Trump, I write in Independent Australia.

Songs for the Band Unformed

  You can buy signed copies of Songs for the Band Unformed, my first book of poetry, via the Independent Australia Online Store. As that site says:   John Passant released his first book of poetry, Songs for the Band Unformed (Ginninderra Press 2016).   The poems are a mix of the personal and the […]

Liberal Dog Whistling

Dutton and the Coalition: Ramping up fear and racism

  Facing defeat at the next election and with a record of failure, Dutton and the Coalition are conjuring up African gangs in a desperate attempt to enlist fear-based support, writes John Passant in Independent Australia

2017: A year of Trump, Turnbull and rampant neoliberalism

  In Independent Australia I look back at the neoliberal year of 2017 and find a steady, global undercurrent of resistance for trickle-down campaigns of the kind favoured by the Coalition Government in Australia.

1968 – when the world caught fire

1968—when the world caught fire Tomáš Tengely-Evans in Socialist Worker UK looks back on the revolts of 1968 and what they did to the course of history The year 1968 was a watershed in world history. Mass movements shook governments to their foundations. People on opposite sides of the globe took inspiration from each other’s struggles. Challenges […]