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Me quoted in Fairfax papers on tax haven use
Me quoted by Georgia Wilkins in The Age (and other Fairfax publications) today. John Passant, from the school of political science and international relations, at the Australian National University, said the trend noted by Computershare was further evidence multinationals did not take global regulators seriously. ”US companies are doing this on the hard-nosed basis that any [regulatory] changes that will be made won’t have an impact on their ability to avoid tax,” he said. ”They think it is going to take a long time for the G20 to take action, or that they are just all talk.” (1)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
You can prove my 2 ex-comrades wrong by donating to my blog En Passant at BSB: 062914 Account: 1067 5257, the Commonwealth Bank in Tuggeranong, ACT. More... (12)

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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Real debate?
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System change, not climate change
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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Archive for 'Refugees'

The Moss Review exposes the sexual and physical brutality on Nauru and all Tony Abbott can say is ‘things happen’

Let’s build the demonstrations against this sexual and physical brutality and violence and for refugees this coming Sunday, Palm Sunday, in capital and other cities across Australia. See you there.

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Exposing the reality of Fraser’s treatment of Vietnamese refugees

This is from 2012 but is an excellent debunking of the myth of Fraser’s ‘ humanitarian’ treatment of Vietnamese refugees when he actually had power. Here is part of what historian Rachel Stevens says: The resettlement of the Vietnamese refugees was an unfamiliar challenge for the Fraser government, just a few years after the formal […]

What part of the word torture don’t you understand Messrs Abbott and Shorten?

Now that the UN has declared that Australia is torturing asylum seeker children, isn’t it time the Australian Federal Police investigated which provisions of the Crimes Act Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his 2 Immigration Minister accomplices have potentially breached? Throw in the ALP leadership over the last few years and their Immigration Ministers and we have a perfectly unbiased investigation into the alleged torturers of refugee children. Jail the lot of them.

International Women’s Day for refugee women on Nauru

A reminder that on International Women’s Day the Australian government still brutalises refugee women.

Yes, it is all about the children, so bring them here

Gillian Triggs was quite right to point out the abuse of asylum seeker children that went on under Labor and is going on under the Liberals. That should be our focus instead of the circus about so-called political partisanship that the Abbott government is using to hide its abuse of children. There is an alternative to brutalising kids. Bring them and all the other asylum seekers to Australia for release into the community.

Asylum seeker Wei Lin’s account of the Australian government’s failed attempt to deport him back to China

On 19 December last year the Australian Government tried to deport asylum seeker Wei Lin from Australia back to China on an Air China flight. After Wei Lin protested on board, some passengers refused to cooperate when they found out what was happening and Wei Lin was saved from being sent back. His future is very uncertain. Green Left’s story explains the background and how activists and Wei Lin together with a number of passengers prevented his deportation. Why is he seeking asylum? As Simon Santow from ABC radio program AM put it: Advocates say Wei Lin had been harassed in China because of his knowledge of the use of performance-enhancing drugs in Chinese sport. One of the brave passengers’ reports can be found here. This is Wei Lin’s harrowing story in his own words.

Outsourcing asylum seeker deaths at sea

This is from Julian Burnside, prominent refugee advocate and human rights lawyer rebutting the Liberal lies about lives saved at sea because of the brutalisation of refugees on Manus Island and Nauru.  

Labor’s proud history on asylum seekers

  From Dave Riley. You can find more at the facebook site of Ratbag Media

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.

ACTU President Ged Kearney to launch Unionists for Refugees in Canberra on 3 March

ACTU President Ged Kearney will launch Unionists for Refugees at a public meeting at 6.30pm, on Tuesday 3 March at the Belconnen Labor Club (Fred Daly Room), Chandler St, Belconnen. Publicise this meeting as widely as possible.