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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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Unemployment is rising rapidly in Australia

Is there an alternative to rising unemployment? Because unemployment is built into the capitalist system, we will have to fight the bosses and government to stop it. That means using our industrial muscle to stop the bosses sacking us and forcing them to pay us more than pittance wages.

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Joe Hockey gets it cars about

Let’s be fair. Hockey is partly right. With his government increasing unemployment – it jumped from 6% to 6.4% last month – and denying those under 30 the dole for 6 months, young unemployed people won’t be able to buy food let alone drive anywhere.

Why is the Australian government targetting the unemployed?

Forcing the unemployed into extreme poverty is an important part of the government’s wage cutting strategy. It is time for our unions to defend the unemployed and their own members. Stop work to stop the bosses’ Budget.

Abbott’s green army will be paid poverty wages

Can unemployed workers and others being conscripted into the green army organise and fight back against this rotten exploitation? Absolutely. Will they? Well, since they aren’t covered by industrial laws, withholding their labour won’t be illegal.
If there were a lead from the ACTU and other unions, perhaps they would take action, supported by other workers industrially and financially. If not, then the downward spiral of wages is likely to accelerate under the impact of Tony Abbott’s slave wage green army.

The spectre haunting Australia – unemployment

A spectre is haunting Australia; the spectre of unemployment. Because this is a crisis of profitability in the developed countries, pussyfooting around and kowtowing to capital won’t work. In the words of the BLF: If you don’t fight, you lose.The time to fight unemployment is now, not when it hits six or seven or eight percent. A 30 hour week without loss of pay would be a start.

Bill Shorten is much more offensive than Teresa Gambaro

The last few days have shown us that the Liberals are scapegoating immigrants. Labor is scapegoating the unemployed. Both scapegoat refugees. None of these people are to blame for the crises of capitalism. Fight the system, not its victims.

Attack the real bludgers, Gillard

We live in an unjust society. This is a society where bosses take as their own the profits we create. Labour creates value, not capital.

The owners of capital are the real bludgers. But Gillard won’t attack them. She is, like the rest of the ALP, their servant.

Obama: making the Republicans look good

People weren’t voting for the Republicans in Massachusetts. They were voting against Obama’s business as usual administration.

US racism: the game stays the same

Obama now heads the racist machine. As he destroys the illusions millions had in him, the lesson seems clear. Change comes not from changing who runs the system but from changing the system.

They party; we get the sack

While we face increasing unemployment and less working hours, the bosses party. What a sick society. What a rotten system.