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September 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 September, 2018

Whose broken is this? and other poems

My next book of poetry, ‘Whose broken is this? and other poems’ will be available very soon. I go into hospital on Friday lunchtime for a femoral intramedullary nail. So in my more lucid moments after that I will post details of availability, how you can buy signed copies, price etc etc. John


Scott Morrison is the removalist

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is the removalist — removing anything that might stop the Coalition retaining Government at the next election or, at least, the things that could turn the defeat into a rout.

Morrison’s Coalition government in complete disarray

Complete with a new leader, this Government remains in complete disarray — merely keeping the seat warm for Labor, I write in Independent Australia.

The lifeboat – a poem

I am become a tablet A pill to kill the enemy within Out damn spot rages nightly And every day Where hope abandons hope And grows again A gain that walks better today But not so well tomorrow Tottering between pain and moving   Out damn sorrow and take with you The filth that spews […]

Anthems, cartoons and systemic racism

Three recent events reveal the racism and historical ignorance that infects our society, writes Independent Australia Canberra correspondent John Passant.

Is Scott Morrison really the best the Liberal Party can do?

Prime Minister Morrison describes replacing sitting Prime Minister Turnbull as about ensuring the Coalition puts its “best foot forward” at the next election. Independent Australia Canberra correspondent John Passant reports.

Wagga Wagga’s message to the Morrison muppet show

The massive voter desertion of the Liberal Party in the previously safe seat of Wagga Wagga will take some explaining, writes Canberra correspondent John Passant in Independent Australia.

The barbed wire deepens – a poem

The barbed wire deepens Twisting the torn, Skin born of other things, Of fear, 0Of hate, Abuse mailed in bullets, While geese step their way Round the bodies Of our living, and their dead   The night darkens day, Infiltrates the future Where spies gather us For their uses Sluices on the waterway Of life […]

Prime Minister Scott Morrison: Ten days that did not shake the world

Scott Morrison’s timidity and inaction have been driven by the irreconcilable differences between the moderates and conservatives within the Government and the rejection of the Coalition’s brand of neoliberalism by many workers and others.

Signed copies of my first book of poetry

In all the excitement about the contract for my second book of poetry arriving recently, I forgot to mention that you can still buy signed copies of my first book, Songs for the Band Unformed. Here is a link to do that through Independent Australia.