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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)



Our socialism or their barbarism? – a poem

The words, the article, the politics

Cannot write tonight

The not right of campaigns

The pain of lies, untruths, sales

By the men and women with snake oil

Greasing our minds

With thoughts to supposedly explain

Our economic insecurity as gain

But exploitation is insecure

Systemically, crises are its cure,

Unplanned, undemocratic

Men in suits decide

For us all

A few women ride beside them

Profit is king

Their profit

Our misery

Nothing sets us free


Yet hope rises

It is us

In various guises (all without ties)

Our truth against their lies

Few listen, yet

The Palmer palms our minds

With 50 million pieces of silver

Or so he thinks

And the other parties of capital


One the baddies, the other the not so bad baddies

Exploitation continues

It has its value

Are we happy slaves, or sad?

With longer days than peasants

And less days off

Who can say?

They cannot pay us enough

Profit is tough

To make

Work harder

The larder is empty

Because of you


Wages high, retiring?

Pay for that too

Pay for everything

As the crime that is capital

Builds its fortress

Against our unrest

But we are quiet

For now, that is our problem

The structures of silence

Are our democracy

We will be free

When … when?

I dream of revolution

Evolution will destroy us

And the system

It destroys our world

The death sentence is handed down

Stage four of capital

Is upon us

We are the cure

Unmoved today

And tomorrow?

The choice is ours

Our socialism

Or their barbarism

I choose freedom, from exploitation

From fake democracy

When we choose

We will be free

These are my words tonight

John Passant

13 May 2019


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