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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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Archive for 'Democracy'

Malcolm Turnbull’s democracy at work – but not next week

The Turnbull Government is in complete disarray and every day brings some revelation of further incompetence, I write in Independent Australia​.

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In defence of Barnaby Joyce – sort of

  Barnaby Joyce’s High Court expulsion from Parliament is just a byproduct of the Constitution’s racist Section 44, says John Passant in Independent Australia

The media, democracy and what the people want

The future of journalism and democracy lies in news and analysis that reflects the interests of ordinary people, I write in Independent Australia.

Refugee protests – democracy at work

The refugee protest at Parliament House was a great display of democracy, bringing the voice of voiceless refugees to the attention of the wider public. It interrupted for a few minutes the daily posturing of the wafflers and trough sniffers in Parliament and highlighted the lives permanently interrupted on Manus Island and Nauru. This is what democracy looks like.

Statement by Turkish revolutionaries: No to the coup! Fight for democracy!

This is a statement by the Central Committee of the Revolutionary Socialist Workers Party (DSİP) of Turkey on 16 July 2016 against the coup attempt. They finish off by saying: ‘The fight against the coup must be a fight for democracy, it must continue and be turned into a fight against the restrictions on democracy. Those who want to set up a military junta cannot win! The people will win! ‘

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.

In defence of Duncan

Duncan’s contribution on Q&A on Monday night was a lightning rod of class clarity. That is why the ruling class is trying to silence his message and punish him and anyone else who might expose the rotten reality of Australia today. Defend democracy. Defend Duncan.

Abolish the Senate

Abolishing the Senate would be the first step in democratising the bourgeois institution of Parliament.

Photos from the Australians for Syria protest at the Russian Embassy

I went along to the protest for the Syrian revolution and democracy at the Russian Embassy in Canberra on Thursday. Here is a one photo of part of the crowd of about 80 Syrians and Syrian Australians. They asked me to speak and I expressed support for the democratic struggle against the butcher Assad and for democracy and to stop the bombing. Victory to the Syrian revolution. Victory to the Syrian people. Victory to democracy. More photos in the link.

Mass protests grow in Hong Kong

This time, Beijing has spoken directly, and it will take a massive effort to get them to back down. Mass strikes could do it, but the unions are weak and divided, with the largest federation (the HKFTU) a pro-Beijing sham. Nevertheless, the Professional Teachers’ Union, which belongs to the pro-democracy HKCTU, has called a strike in protest at the police actions. Workers at a Coca Cola factory in one of the major new towns in the New Territories, Sha Tin, also voted to strike after an emergency meeting on Monday morning.