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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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Archive for 'Christmas Island'

Of Catholics, refugees and drowning at sea

Christmas Island is an island much like Lampedusa. The Pope’s sentiments, stripped of their religious overtones, give a hint of an alternative way to treat refugees – not with brutality and demonising, not with indifference or even hate, but with compassion and love. Maybe it’s time to invite the Pope to Christmas Island to deliver another homily in praise of refugees and to rail against the brutality of our asylum seeker death system and all the asylum seeker death systems the industrialised world has set up, to rail against those politicians who promulgate a culture not just of indifference but of hatred.

Of course neither the good Catholic nor the devout Christian will heed the Pope’s plea because their real religion is power, and power under capitalism in an advanced Western country means brutalising the poor and the defenceless, especially refugees, to make the world even safer for the rich and powerful and their profits.That is why we need not prayers but a socialist alernative to fight for refugees and justice in an unjust world.

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Tear gassing refugees

A government that tear gasses protesters is unworthy of support. Put the Minister responsible, Chris Evans, on trial for his crimes.

Close down the detention centres. Move back to community care.

Just as capital can freely around the globe, let labour do the same .

Open the borders to all who want to come here. Not only that but set up mass processing centres near trouble spots to bring millions of refugees here in planes.

Scott Morrison – making Labor’s refugee killers look good

The best memorial to those asylum seekers killed by Labor’s policies would be a mass campaign to bring refugees to Australia rather than force them to risk their lives at sea in dangerous boats and to free all those jailed in our detention centres into the community now.

The bipartisanship of death

Australian capitalism’s biggest export is death. The partisans of death cannot and will not entertain a humanitarian response to asylum seekers. We must force them to. The lives of refugees depend on us.

Christmas Island deaths – aren’t both major parties to blame?

Aren’t both major parties – Labor and Liberal – to blame for these Christmas Island deaths because of their bipartisan support for demonising and criminalising refugees, imprisoning them and forcing them to flee in boats to get here rather than providing rapid Australian resettlement programs from near the countries of origin, often countries we have […]