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January 2022



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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (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. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (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

Sick kids and paying upfront


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. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Archive for 'Independent Australia'

Marks off Markson; Daily Telegraph accuses Independent Australia of printing ‘garbage’

Canberra correspondent John Passant analyses Sharri Markson’s recent defence of her Barnaby Joyce “exclusive” and her extraordinary attack on Independent Australia.


Turnbull’s feigned class war outrage

If Malcolm Turnbull’s outrage at the suggestion that he will benefit from his own tax cuts is justified, he can just release his tax returns so we can judge, writes former assistant tax commissioner, John Passant, in Independent Australia.

We need to talk about Facebook

Social media data abuses by tech giants and political parties will continue as long as “you’re the product”, I write in Independent Australia.  

2017: A year of Trump, Turnbull and rampant neoliberalism

  In Independent Australia I look back at the neoliberal year of 2017 and find a steady, global undercurrent of resistance for trickle-down campaigns of the kind favoured by the Coalition Government in Australia.

Big business tax avoidance – is it time for the fiscal guillotine?

  Tax avoidance is systemic and big business has the resources – and the globe – to play games with the ATO, I write in Independent Australia

Manus demonstrators converge on Australian cities

As the brutalisation of refugees on Manus Island becomes obvious, more and more Australians want them brought here, I write in Independent Australia

The battle for equality continues

  The marriage equality battle seems all but won, but the fight against reaction and for equality in many other areas goes on, I write in Independent Australia in an article called the onward march to equality.

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Who will replace Malcolm Turnbull?

It is only a matter of time till Malcolm Turnbull is replaced as leader. The question is, who will replace him?  My thoughts, in Independent Australia.

What NXT? The froth and bubble that is Nick Xenophon

Nick Xenophon is a self-interested show pony, who may win votes in South Australia but will never fix anything, says John Passant in Independent Australia.