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If you want to keep a blog that makes the arguments every day against the ravages of capitalism going and keeps alive the flame of democracy and community, make a donation to help cover my costs. And of course keep reading the blog. To donate click here. Keep socialist blog En Passant going. More... (4)

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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Are there lessons for Australian workers in the 10 July public service strike in the UK against job cuts?

Some 1.4 million people are set to strike on 10 July. It’s a massive opportunity to harness this anger and turn it into the sort of action the Tories can’t ignore. And more workers could still join the action. Many activists have spent months fighting for national, united action. It’s now urgent to make sure 10 July is an active, militant strike that involves the maximum number of workers.

This is a chance to show the Conservatives some real opposition. It will take more than one day to stop them. But a strong strike on 10 July can lift the confidence of workers to demand their leaders organise serious escalating action that can win.

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What would an Abbott Government look like? Let me introduce Campbell Newman

The lack of a real union fight against the Bligh government laid the groundwork for a vicious anti-worker Newman government. The same lack of a union fight against the Gillard government is laying the groundwork for a vicious anti-worker Abbott Government.

The time has come to stand up against the Bobbsey twins of job slashing wage cutting neoliberalism, Labor and the coalition.

The Budget – a vignette on who is really paying for the ‘surplus’

Increases in unemployment, disguised and not so disguised attacks on the poor and low wage earners – oh this is a Labor Budget alright. It’s another example of Labor’s neoliberalism and lack of progressive vision, making workers and the poor pay for its surplus fetish.

Pacing towards austerity

I wrote this article for Socialist Alternative. It is a combination of two recent articles on this site about well paid politicians and the Labor Government’s attacks on its workforce and the disadvantaged to produce a meaningless Budget surplus. The Labor government has launched a significant attack on its own employees by increasing the Orwellian […]

No to Labor’s spending cuts: tax the rich instead

If these attacks on public servants and public services, low and middle income superannuants, students, backpackers, middle aged dependent spouses and mums are what Labor is prepared to do to the Australian working class when we have the best performing economy in the world, imagine what it will do if the situation in Europe worsens and drags down the global economy and Australia with it.

Labor, triumphalism and the budget from hell

Our hope at the moment must be that the apparently growing number of strikes and other industrial disputes in Australia boil over into a generalised campaign for wage increases, social services and jobs.

The Tax Office: the attacks on staff continue

By striking and stopping Government revenue, tax officers can win large wage increases and job security.

Stats sacks staff

According to Satuday’s Canberra Times, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has begun to carry out its decision to sack 180 staff.  This week 31 learned they are going. More will get the boot in the coming weeks. My union, the CPSU, has done nothing but talk. Only mass meetings of all CPSU members to consider indefinite strike […]

Public servants: get thee to a tannery

The Budget is on 12 May. Labor Ministers are positioning themselves to blame others for the brutal attacks on living standards they are preparing.

Labor’s Kaiser: ‘efficiency’ dividend means less jobs

Only industrial action will stop the dexters in the Federal Labor Government from splattering the blood of thousands of innocents on the abattoir floor of unemployment.