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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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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

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Illegals invading Parliament

Have all the illegals invading our Parliament been sent back to where they came from yet?

Another Manus refugee dies as Turnbull dishes out hypocrisy to the homeless

‘Turnbull “humbly” served lunch to the very people he victimises. He then instructed the rest of us to “hug” them.

‘At the same time, he refused to acknowledge that his government’s policies have murdered yet another refugee, who came to us seeking sanctuary from murderers in his homeland.’

Refugee protests – democracy at work

The refugee protest at Parliament House was a great display of democracy, bringing the voice of voiceless refugees to the attention of the wider public. It interrupted for a few minutes the daily posturing of the wafflers and trough sniffers in Parliament and highlighted the lives permanently interrupted on Manus Island and Nauru. This is what democracy looks like.

Ban bigots, not refugees

I have argued for some time that the refugee movement must radicalise and, for example, close down the centres of major cities to win the campaign to bring them here. Otherwise we are, like Sisyphus, trapped in the eternal boulder rolling of defeat.

Australia tortures asylum seekers

Stopping the boats (itself a lie) is built on starting the torture. Turnbull, and I should add, Shorten, feel confident in their brutal refugee policies. How do we challenge them? History shows that civil disobedience has been a key weapon in the armoury of those fighting for civil rights. Stop the cities to stop the torture. Occupy to free the refugees from the concentration camps and bring them here.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton should resign

The Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, has once again shamed himself and disgraced his office with unsubstantiated, ill-considered and offensive claims about refugees says the Refugee Action Coalition Sydney.

The other Rio refugee story

In an article written in Nation before the Olympics began, Nation columnist Dave Zirin points out that there is another side to the story of the all-refugee team at the Rio Olympics. It was re-published in Socialist Worker US. ‘We all have heard the phrases “greenwashing” when a company or government hostile to environmental issues puts up a phony front to win undeserved public support. I don’t know if “refugee-washing” is a word but maybe it should be.’

How about Four Corners go to Nauru next?

With news coming through that Nauru refused to provide visas to Amnesty International to investigate the appalling conditions in our gulag there, maybe the time has come for the ABC’s Four Corners to apply for visas to travel to the Island.

Feminists like Turnbull and refugee women on Nauru

If Malcolm Turnbull really is a  feminist why is he locking up innocent women and girls on Nauru and Manus Island and subjecting them to rape, torture and other abuses?

Bring them here. Let them stay.  That is what a feminist would do.