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Some Basic Thoughts on the Asian Development Model for a Conference
This paper suggests that even a free market is only free in a particular country because that state allows it to be so. Of course it goes without saying that the pressures of the market, together with the institutions of neoliberalism like the austerity wavering IMF and the World Bank, plus the interests of dominant powers, can persuasively influence or even straightjacket a state in its choices. This means that the overarching goal of capitalist development is imposed, perhaps freely, on welcoming nation states eager to join the club of developed or mid ranking nations who have pulled their peoples out of absolute poverty, while the specific methods and means to achieve that are or can be debated. To download the short paper go to the SSRN link here. (0)

My article 'The Minerals Resource Rent Tax: The Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change' has been published
My article ‘The Minerals Resource Rent Tax: The Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change’ has been published in (2014) 27 (1) Accounting Research Journal 19. If you have University Library access you can have a read if your library has subscribed. It is not a bad read if I do say so myself, borrowing from the ideas of Tom Bramble and Rick Kuhn about a capitalist workers party and the changes over time of the party. The two referees loved it…. (0)

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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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Where is 3 year old Febrina? Kidnapped by Abbott and Morrison and imprisoned at sea

  The image is courtesy of the Asylum Seeker Research Centre.

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It’s the St Louis all over again

In 1939 the US turned back the boat the St Louis with 939 Jews on board. It went back to Europe. Estimates are that at least 250 of those Jews died in the Holocaust. It is the same logic that sees Australian ‘Border Protection’ Minister Scott Morrison return asylum seekers to the war criminals and human rights abusers in charge of Sri Lanka.

Refoul this foul Abbott Government

What can we do to stop this foul Government sending people back to death, torture, rape or imprisonment? We can’t wait two years to get rid of Abbott and his foul government, and then only to elect the ALP, another pack of refugee bashers. Maybe the time for mass civil disobedience is approaching. A little bit of civil disobedience is a small price for us to pay to help protect the lives of those fleeing war, execution, imprisonment, rape or torture and seeking our help. Stop the butchers in our Government now.

Stop the cruelty to refugees: Emergency peak hour protest in Canberra for Asylum Seekers

There will be an Emergency Peak Hour Protest for asylum seekers Canberra 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm Wednesday 9 July cnr Barry Drive and Northbourne Ave.

Sri Lanka is not at peace

Tamil Refugee Council: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s claim that Sri Lanka is ‘a society at peace’ is not just baseless but a deliberate lie, cynically presented to the Australian public for one reason: to support his indefensible, illegal policy of sending back Tamil asylum seekers to Sri Lanka.

Angalan: a refugee’s story

Meryl Antica talked recently to an asylum seeker about his life. This is his story.

The Manus Solution – Four Corners

This is powerful investigative reporting from the ABC’s Four Corners on the Manus ‘solution’. Watch this 45 minutes of sheer hell about what our Governments do to asylum seekers. Here is the link to the Four Corners report.

It’s the Department of Immigration and ‘Border Protection’ which is offensive

‘Just following orders’ sums up the bigwigs in the Department of Immigration and ‘Border Protection’ in charge of implementing the government’s racist and reactionary asylum seeker policy perfectly. Here is my challenge to them. Threaten me with punitive action.

Borders and the case for global freedom of movement

Nationalism acts as glue binding us to the very class that exploits us and demands that we work harder and for less writes Diane Fieldes in Red Flag. By accepting the narrative about border protection, we concede the legitimacy of the ruling class determining where workers can and can’t live, and therefore how we can live our lives. That’s why we need to recognise the right of all people to move freely around the world.

Of course it is a political cover up

‘Operational matters’ is an Orwellian phrase to stop us learning the truth of what our political masters like Scott Morrison and those riding shotgun with them like Angus Campbell are doing to asylum seekers.