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Do not criticise the rich and powerful
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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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Chris Harman’s death a tragic loss for socialist movement

This article, by Sandra Bloodworth, is republished from Australia’s Socialist Alternative magazine. Chris Harman, one of the greatest revolutionary Marxists of recent years, has died at the young age of 67. This is a tragic loss for the revolutionary left. Harman was a revolutionary from his university days, and a leading member of the International […]

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Canberra refugee rally

Canberra Rally: let the refugees into Australia 5:30 pm Friday 13 November Petrie Plaza (near the merry-go-round), Civic. Instead of bringing refugees picked up by an Australian Customs ship to Australia, the Government has tried for four weeks to force them to get off in Indonesia. They had tried to come to Australia by boat […]

Michael Moore’s Capitalism: a love story

Michael Moore is not a revolutionary socialist. But he is a great film maker and story teller, and this exposé of the sins of capitalism – of capitalism as a structure of sin almost literally at one stage in the film – is a clear indictment of the free market system in the US and the profit motive. I cried […]

We are the terrorists

The major terrorists sit in Canberra and Washington.

Pilger peace prize

John Pilger has been awarded the Sydney Peace Prize.  Pilger spoke brilliantly at this year’s Marxism 2009 organised by Socialist Alternative. CDs of all the talks, including Pilger’s, are available from Socialist Alternative.  John has indicated he will be coming to Marxism 2010 next Easter in Melbourne.

Protests for same-sex marriage rights across Australia

By marching for same-sex marriage on August 1 we forced Labor to acknowledge the issue, and we raised the murmurings of dissent that are rippling through society into a collective roar.

Rationality and reaction

Science must become the tool of those who can develop a democratic and planned society freed from the strictures of profit – working people.

A tale of two Labor jails: from abortion to the ABCC

Innocent people face jail under Labor’s laws for actions that should not be crimes. Abortion and industrial action are not crimes; they are rights.

Whatever happened to the ALP left?

Peter Garrett’s decision to approve more uranium mining shows the futility of joining the Labor Party to change the world. The party changes you.

Health care: reform or revolution?

Neo-liberalism, not need, drives health care reform. Let’s tax the rich to pay for universal health care as part of a move to a just and equitable society.