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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)



Thai rescue highlights our humanity – but not of ‘our’ leaders

In Australia, we erupted with joy as we watched the Thai rescue, but our leaders have not planned a rescue operation for 134 children still imprisoned in Nauru, I write in Independent Australia


Rescuing children: from Thailand to Nauru

  The Age, Monday 9 July

Three in the morning thanks the pen – a poem

Chocolate and tea at 3 In the morning Does not help Facebook news Does not help Maybe the sleep that cannot be Might   But the mind is tight From yesterday’s struggles Bureaucracy wins All the time Over heart, and mind The two things it does not have   But I do I do, A […]

Turnbull’s feigned class war outrage

If Malcolm Turnbull’s outrage at the suggestion that he will benefit from his own tax cuts is justified, he can just release his tax returns so we can judge, writes former assistant tax commissioner, John Passant, in Independent Australia.

The concentration camps of Turnbull and Trump

Ripping kids out of the arms of their mothers and putting them in cages is not an aberration — it is business as usual for Western “civilisation” I write in Independent Australia.

The Turnbull government: Those who would destroy the ABC, if they could

My thoughts in Independent Australia on the Government and the Liberal Party’s anti-ABC  approach. They would destroy the ABC if they could.

ANU’s ‘Western Civilisation’ decision: A festival of reaction for the rabid right

In Independent Australia I discuss whether ANU’s rejection of the Ramsay Centre’s proposal is evidence that it has sacrificed Western civilisation on the ‘Altar of Leftist Warriors’.

Pauline Hanson’s One Nation implodes – again

Hanson’s ever-changing policy approach reflects the PHONies’ pretense of being for the battlers while aspiring to be part of the establishment, I write in Independent Australia.

Our world is coming

Our world is coming I am a socialist of the heart The heart? My heart I have read Marx and Engels Lenin and Trotsky And Luxemburg And those who follow in their footsteps Their slow, winding steps, To the Cliff of revolution Away and to From and to Always to Never reaching to Sometimes close […]

The 2018 AFR Rich List: A sad indictment of Australia’s rampant neoliberalism

The latest AFR Rich List charts Australia’s wealthiest and illustrates why we have one of the fastest growing inequality rates in the world, writes John Passant in Independent Australia.