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October 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 October, 2018

We will win – a poem

We will win   The walk labours while the talk continues, Not the marathon man But a trier, caught between the finish and the end To try more steps, some day When the body permits Or to remember the rays And the steps of yesterdays   Modern man and woman make miracles Of medicines that […]


Scott Morrison is the ad-Lib PM

Failed advertising executive and current Liberal Party Leader, Scott Morrison, is the “ad-Lib” Prime Minister, I write in Independent Australia.

The Wentworth wipeout

  What a result! For the first time ever, the Liberals look as if they have lost their formerly blue ribbon seat of Wentworth, I write in Independent Australia.

My new book, ‘Whose broken is this? and other poems’ is available for purchase

  The first print run of my new book of poetry, ‘Whose broken is this? and other poems’ has arrived.   I am offering 3 price ranges, $16, $19 and $22, depending on your circumstances. If you want to buy a signed copy, personal message me on Facebook and I will let you know the bank […]

Will Scott Morrison really fix homophobic legislation after the Wentworth by-election

PM Morrison has bowed to public pressure, announcing he will address homophobic legislation but the extent to which he delivers remains uncertain, writes John Passant in Independent Australia. To read the whole article, click here.

Uni strikes – a letter to the editor

This was published in today’s Canberra Times. Support for uni strike The forthcoming strike at the University of Canberra highlights a reality not often mentioned in discussions of higher education. (“Canberra Uni staff to strike for first time in decade’, October 11, p3) Our universities are built on the unpaid labour of their workers. A […]

The Morrison Government, misogyny and the tampon tax trick

‘The misogynist Morrison Government has used the removal of the tampon tax – which should never have been there – to paint itself as a champion of women, writes Canberra correspondent John Passant.’ To read the article in Independent Australia click here.