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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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Sexual abuse and neglect by church and state: Suffer the little children

Where is the outrage from our government at 4,444 reported cases of child sexual abuse over 30 years? The silence is deafening, says John Passant in Independent Australia.

To read the whole article click here. Suffer the little children: Sexual abuse and neglect by church and state

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Women in League, cheer squads and domestic violence

The problem of domestic violence is systemic. It needs systemic solutions, not propaganda about the role of women in rugby league, nor stereotypes like cheer squads which reinforce the subordinate role of women in society and hence reinforce the very system which produces domestic violence.

From Australia’s concentration camps on Manus and Nauru the brutal treatment of children spreads here

The brutal treatment of asylum seeker children in detention centres dehumanises us all and makes sections of society in positions of some power more likely to abuse kids in Australia. The fight against child abuse in Australia has to include the fight against child abuse of those under our care on Manus Island and Nauru.

The Human Rights Commission exposes Australia’s deliberate brutality to asylum seeker children in detention

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott immediately rejected the call for a royal commission into asylum seeker children in detention. While I will more write about this in the next few days, Abbott rejected it because this level of shocking cruelty to children is a deliberate part of the Australian government’s refugee policies. That is as true of Labor as it is of the Liberals. You won’t see Labor supporting the call for a royal commission either. It would expose them as much as it exposes the Liberals in their grotesque bipartisan brutality.

How about full government funding for child care, not superannuation rorts for the rich?

A government committed to women re-entering the workforce could set up a program for state owned and operated (with parent participation) childcare centres at affordable rates in working class areas across Australia.

The wages of early childcare workers remain low, (Page 26), so a progressive government would also increase the pay of these workers markedly.

Of penises and priests, placards and protestors

The State and capital will attack the Other – whether it be indigenous Australians, Muslims or refugees – for their own benefit. They will not investigate one of their own, in this case the Catholic Church over child abuse, unless there is real pressure from below to do so.

The children of the revolution?

He baits me about football and soy chai lattes. And my terrible puns. We laugh together.

It is in the everyday we live our lives. This discussion of the banal is the most important part of my life at the moment. It is the liberation, the liberation of love.

For the first time in months I can sleep well, knowing he is safe and our love remains.