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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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From Whyalla to Townsville – nationalise the lot

Turnbull Government intervention could save the Whyalla steel works and the Queensland Nickel plant in Townsville. By occupying the plants workers could put nationalisation on the agenda.

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Nationalise the Shell refinery at Geelong under workers’ control

The Shell refinery workers at Geelong could demand, and excuse me for using the racist phraseology of the Labor Prime Minister but I hope it makes a point, that ‘Aussie jobs first’ Julia Gillard nationalise the refinery without compensation.

If Gillard won’t do that – she won’t – then workers could take the refinery over and run it themselves. There is an alternative to the madness that is the market. Occupy the workplace. There is no other alternative if workers want to defend their jobs.

Nationalise Ford

Put simply why doesn’t Labor nationalise Ford, Holden and Toyota as part of a plan to turn Australia into a completely renewable energy country by 2025 and to produce not just solar panels and wind turbines but public transport in the form of buses, light rail and high speed trains? That would not only save jobs; it would create them.

How about a super profits tax on the banks then?

So here we have the most profitable banks in the world, the big 4 Australian banks with $31 billion in profits, not prepared to pass on a 0.25% overnight cash rate reduction to their customers on their home and business loans.

Soak the bastards, Treasurer. Hit them with a super profits tax, or threaten to do that.

And when they claim that that would impact on their costs of lending and would need to be recouped, threaten them with interest rate controls and mention you might set up a people’s bank. Oh, I forgot, we used to have one of them until the previous Labor Government flogged it off.

Maybe we should nationalise the banks under workers’ control instead.

Nationalise QANTAS under workers’ control

Nationalise QANTAS under workers’ control to win real wage increases and secure jobs. Tax the rich to pay for it.

QANTAS, BlueScope, OneSteel – why won’t the unions fight?

Nationalise QANTAS, BlueScope and OneSteel under workers’ control.

Fight the job losses. Strike and occupy the workplaces. Organise production to satisfy human need.

Don’t bash the banks – take them over!

So while borrowing costs did rise the Commonwealth and other Australian banks have increased their lending rates to us by more than their increased borrowing costs. They gouged us, and continue to gouge us.

Will the big miners dump Gillard too?

Nationalise the mines under workers’ control.

Commonwealth Bank profit makes the case for nationalisation

$5.66 billion. That’s the obscene profit the Commonwealth Bank made last financial year. Remember back to December 2009?  The Reserve Bank of Australia raised interest rates 0.25 percent. The Commonwealth Bank raised its rates 0.37 percent. Remember back to the start of the global financial crisis?  In October 2008 the Rudd Labor Government guaranteed bank […]

So why don’t we just nationalise the mining companies?

So why don’t we just nationalise these mining companies and as a community control the exploitation of this resource and make sure the benefits go working people, not into the pockets of less profitable businesses?