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If you want to keep a blog that makes the arguments every day against the ravages of capitalism going and keeps alive the flame of democracy and community, make a donation to help cover my costs. And of course keep reading the blog. To donate click here. Keep socialist blog En Passant going. More... (4)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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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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Sick kids and paying upfront

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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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

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A link to my draft article on tax and the forgotten classes – a brief history written in letters of blood and fire.

This is the SSRN link to my 25000 word draft article on tax and the forgotten classes – a brief history written in letters of blood and fire. It covers the period from the Magna Carta to the 1850s when income tax effectively became permanent in the UK. It touches on the Magna Carta, the […]

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Westconnex – the people reclaim their council and their democracy

200 local community members attended the first meeting of the ‘Inner West Council’ imposed by Mike Baird. The community sent a clear message to the administrator Richard Pearson when he was forced to leave the meeting after he claimed it had become ‘untenable’… This is local democracy, and Baird cannot take it from us.

The 2016 election: Asylum seekers, AFP raids and dead cats

Dutton offends every Australian migrant, AFP raids highlight the disaster that is Turnbull’s NBN and Labor’s fairness mantra endures — John Passant analyses week two of the election campaign in Independent Australia.

John Passant is unwell

I am unwell again. I won’t be posting much, other than perhaps links to other articles and short comments.

Peter Dutton swings the dead cat

The real enemy is Peter Dutton and all he represents, not asylum seekers and refugees.

Untouched billions in tax rorts for the rich

This is the link to my article in socialist magazine Solidarity on the untouched billions in tax rorts for the rich.

Week one of the election campaign

This is the link to my analysis in Independent Australia of the first week of the election campaign. I start off by saying:

‘IT HAS NOT BEEN a good first week in the election campaign for Malcolm Turnbull and his Government.

‘The Prime Minister looks and sounds out of touch, aloof, and to use the words of Peta Credlin, comes across as “Mister Sydney Harbourside Mansion”.

‘There is a good reason for this. He is.’

To read the whole article click here. Election 2016: Malcolm Turnbull’s shaky start

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Details of my forthcoming Panama Papers discussion at the University of Queensland

Here is the link to details of the panel I am on on Tuesday at 6 pm at the University of Queensland on the Panama Papers.    

No matter who wins the election, the rich will still rule

  The rich run society in the interest of profit—and we can’t vote them out come July, explains James Supple in socialist magazine Solidarity. He starts off by saying: ‘Elections are about deciding who runs the country, they say. But most of the power in our society is not held in parliament, and even the […]