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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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It’s a Harvey Weinstein world

  Old white men dominate our news, our economy, our politics and our lives. Harvey Weinstein is but the latest example of rich white male ruling-class overlordship. Me in Independent Australia today. Weinstein exercised his power in society to prey on women. He could only do so – and go unchallenged for decades – because […]

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Straight from the horse’s mouth: what the ruling class really think about us

This 33 second video of Sir Alan James Carter Duncan, KCMG in the UK House of Commons recently, defending David Cameron’s tax dodging, shows what the ruling class really thinks about us. Low achievers of the world unite!!!

It is twenty years since the election of John Howard, class warrior for the rich

History records that John Howard’s Liberals won government 20 years ago, on 2 March, 1996. His government had a ruthless class agenda, writes David Glanz in Solidarity, but it was Labor’s timid opposition that kept it in power. To read the whole article click here. 20 years since his election: John Howard—class warrior for the rich

Cutting penalty rates – a summary in all their richness

The Productivity Commission: Men on $400,000 a year telling women on $40,000 that penalty rates are bad. Liberal and National Party politicians on from $200,000 to $550,000 supporting the Productivity Commission. Men or women earning more than $400 billion from Australia and paying no tax supporting and pushing for these cuts in pay to women and men on $40,000 or less.

Malcolm Fraser – a class enemy

When I was standing outside Parliament House on 11 November 1975 (my 22nd birthday) I didn’t think Malcolm Fraser was a hero. I thought he was a bastard, a ruling class bastard. I still do and not just for riding roughshod over democracy. He then went on to cut health and education spending and tried to smash unions.

The ruling class haven’t lost their bottle

O’Farrell is not the lone granger. There will be a queue of apparatchiks lining up to take his place as Premier of New South Wales to attack workers and the poor. They will still be cutting workers’ compensation payouts, evicting the tenants from Millers Point, attacking TAFE, closing down firestations and slashing funding for public hospitals, schools and transport.

Ask the tinkler to play it again: Good knight to Benny and the Jets

It is working class supporters who will have to rally to the defence of the Newcastle Knights and force the National Rugby League, and the rich parasites who make money off the sport, to pay for the Knights’ survival.

Which side are you on? Oppressed Muslims or oppressing cops?

Solidarity is not a light switch. It must be on the whole time. Our support for the oppressed today prepares us for the struggles of tomorrow against capitalism and its agents of oppression. The best way to do that right now and to help drive back racism and oppression is to support and defend the Muslim demonstrators and any other struggles that do break out against capitalism.

Why is there so much racism towards refugees?

This rotten consensus around the issue of how to deal with refugees has been manufactured and driven from the top of society, not just because politicians and their corporate masters are racists (though many are), but because they would rather workers’ attention was focused on the supposed threat posed by a few thousand refugees than on the very real threat posed by their neoliberal agenda.

Does the Australian ruling class really want that Liberal Party idiot as their next Prime Minister?

Abbott’s instability, his thought bubble approach to policy, his climate denialist base within the extreme right of the Liberal Party and the looming economic crisis in Australia all make for a possible tumultuous period of rule for the current leader of the Opposition and his by and large unremarkable front bench if they win, as they will, the next election.

The key will be class struggle. How much longer can Australian workers not fight?