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Me quoted in Fairfax papers on tax haven use
Me quoted by Georgia Wilkins in The Age (and other Fairfax publications) today. John Passant, from the school of political science and international relations, at the Australian National University, said the trend noted by Computershare was further evidence multinationals did not take global regulators seriously. ”US companies are doing this on the hard-nosed basis that any [regulatory] changes that will be made won’t have an impact on their ability to avoid tax,” he said. ”They think it is going to take a long time for the G20 to take action, or that they are just all talk.” (1)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
You can prove my 2 ex-comrades wrong by donating to my blog En Passant at BSB: 062914 Account: 1067 5257, the Commonwealth Bank in Tuggeranong, ACT. More... (12)

My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (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
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Real debate?
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System change, not climate change
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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Who are the socialist group Solidarity in Australia?

For readers who may not know, two weeks ago I joined Solidarity, a small socialist organisation in Australia. The first step in explaining my decision is to explain who Solidarity are. Their ‘About Us’ section on the Solidarity Online website set out below does this well.

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My 23 March Razor Sharp interview with Sharon Firebrace

This is the link to my 35 minute radio interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Monday 23 March. Among other things we discuss the backpedalling of this sneaky government, the genocide of driving Aboriginal people from their lands, a double dissolution and strikes and demonstrations to drive Abbott and co out and shift Labor to the left. And much much more.

Not all deaths are the same – Part 1

If only the 24 women murdered by their partners or former partners in Australia so far this year had died in a plane crash we might hear about them and have some debate about how to address this systemic issue.

Abbott still wants cuts

Abbott may be on the ropes, but we need more strikes, protests and grassroots resistance to fight the Liberals’ agenda and finish him off write the Solidarity editors.

Aboriginal community closures are ‘an attempt to destroy our culture’

Meriki Onus, protest organiser from the youth group Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance, spoke to Solidarity about the need to resist these community closures and the broader agenda of assimilation.

The Moss Review exposes the sexual and physical brutality on Nauru and all Tony Abbott can say is ‘things happen’

Let’s build the demonstrations against this sexual and physical brutality and violence and for refugees this coming Sunday, Palm Sunday, in capital and other cities across Australia. See you there.

I had a dream – about Tony Abbott

“The Pope has shown me that my demonisation of asylum seekers for cheap political advantage was wrong and against all the tenets of my religion and the teachings of Jesus Christ, ” Mr Abbott said. “I am truly sorry for the atrocities I have committed against refugees and will do all I can to make this great country of ours welcoming of them from now on,” he added.

Meanwhile the impact of Mr Abbott’s attacks on the poor, Aborigines, workers, the sick, the elderly, women, the homeless, the unemployed, victims of violence, Universities, schools, public transport etc etc continued unabated. There was no cheering from them.

Exposing the reality of Fraser’s treatment of Vietnamese refugees

This is from 2012 but is an excellent debunking of the myth of Fraser’s ‘ humanitarian’ treatment of Vietnamese refugees when he actually had power. Here is part of what historian Rachel Stevens says: The resettlement of the Vietnamese refugees was an unfamiliar challenge for the Fraser government, just a few years after the formal […]

Economic shock as mining boom evaporates

The Australian economy’s dream looks to be over as the mining boom runs out of steam and living standards are squeezed. Peter Jones in Solidarity takes a closer look.

Malcolm Fraser – a class enemy

When I was standing outside Parliament House on 11 November 1975 (my 22nd birthday) I didn’t think Malcolm Fraser was a hero. I thought he was a bastard, a ruling class bastard. I still do and not just for riding roughshod over democracy. He then went on to cut health and education spending and tried to smash unions.