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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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Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act does not restrict the free speech of the 1%

In Independent Australia I discuss freedom of speech amid calls from right-wing politicians and the Murdoch media for the Turnbull Government to repeal Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. I float a few other ideas as well, including the possibility that the new ‘anti-Semitism’ for the ruling class is Islamophobia.

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Labor must not support Coalition legislation to save offshore processing

Refugee advocates have called on the parliamentary Labor Party not to support any Coalition legislation aimed at saving offshore processing from a successful High Court challenge. The Human Rights Legal Centre’s challenge seems to have exposed what so many felt for a long time – that offshore processing is illegal. It certainly has exploded the lie that offshore processing is the responsibility of Nauru and PNG.

Gillian Triggs and the political criminals in Canberra

Gillian Triggs is standing up to the bullying, dictatorial Abbott government. She has garnered a lot of support. There is a lesson in this for Labor.

Has Tony Abbott attempted to pervert the course of a police investigation?

Given that the AFP is investigating whether Gillian Triggs was asked to resign and if an inducement was offered to get her to do so, isn’t Tony Abbott’s categorical and unequivocal statement that ‘she was not asked to resign and no inducement has been offered’ itself possibly an attempt to influence and perhaps pervert the course of the investigation? Will he too be investigated?

Was an inducement offered to get Gillian Triggs, the Human Rights Commissioner, to resign?

If or when the Australian Federal Police refuses to investigate, or finds no breach, can we mount a private prosecution against Attorney General George Brandis? And if the meeting took place in Canberra, can the ACT Attorney General, and Labor Party Deputy Chief Minister, Simon Corbell, launch a prosecution?

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.

The Human Rights Commission: the respectable face of systemic abuse

The problem of human rights abuses goes well beyond the power of any government body. Government in Australia is the major human rights abuser. Instead of worrying about Tim Wilson defending free speech for Rupert Murdoch, maybe the time has come for the Human Rights Commission to mobilise the many against the few to defend human rights on the ground and ultimately to challenge the very system that produces human rights abuse after human rights abuse.

Grandstanding about repression, refugees and money

When Tony Abbott says Australia is open for business what he means is that Australian profits built on the bones of dead West Papuans are OK by him.

Victoria: the state of repression

Raids carried out at dawn this morning by police have seen several pro-Palestine activists arrested, in the most severe crack-down on civil liberties in decades.

The activists are being targeted because of their involvement in protests against chocolate shop Max Brenner, a chain store with strong ties to the Israeli military

Human rights and the left

The Rudd Government has decided not to introduce a national Human Rights Act. Typically conservatives have welcomed the decision while liberals have condemned it. Both misunderstand that we live in a world that not only restricts freedom; it is built on unfreedom. We are denied the freedom to be human in a society where we […]