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Do not criticise the rich and powerful
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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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National Union of Students National Day of Protest: Abbott & Pyne Hands Off our Education!

Students need to come out in a show of force against Pyne’s callous attacks on our right to education and our quality of education.

There will be demonstrations in every major city on Wednesday March 26th as part of a National Day of Action organised by the National Union of Students.

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Victoria police viciously attack student demonstration

“Victoria Police clearly had a premeditated agenda of attacking our peaceful protest. They came out of nowhere. Riot cops moved in on the crowd and pulled people out. One of the first people they arrested, Lauren Stevenson, was unconscious as they pulled her towards the paddy wagon. We attempted to get an ambulance to her, but police said an ambulance would not be allowed to attend because she was under arrest. So they put her in the paddy wagon unconscious and drove away.”

Universities – can’t see the Forrest for the Twiggies?

‘Forrest has never signed a corporate income tax cheque for any of the listed companies he has run in the past 16 years. And FMG has another $700 million in tax losses still to bring to account before he will have to do so.’ Laura Tingle AFR 17 June 2011.

Kim Carr and me

This is me at Kim Carr’s launch at the ANU of his new book on why you should sell your soul to the devil and join the ALP.

The ANU exposes the reality of Labor’s university cuts: cutting jobs and wages and increasing workloads

As the BLF used to say: ‘If you don’t fight, you lose.’ The stark choice facing students and staff at Universities today is to fight to defend higher education or to surrender.

University workers: build a fighting union, not a lobby group

We’re for building a fighting union, not a lobby group. A genuine political campaign would centre on industrial action against the budget cuts.

Universities: if you don’t fight you lose

As the BLF used to say: ‘If you don’t fight, you lose.’ The stark choice facing students and staff at Universities today is to fight to defend higher education or to surrender.

Staff strike disrupts Sydney Uni business for the third time

Despite the success of the strikes so far, more serious industrial action is needed. The public face of management intransigence, Professor Ann Brewer’s latest email to staff, reaffirmed that the university will not be backing down on a range of clauses that will impact job security and worsen conditions. Management wants to slash sick leave by 60 percent, increase the time for academic probation to two years, increase workloads, force the union off campus and make it easier to push through redundancies and restructures.

Good Budget day protests against Labor’s attacks on higher education

The protests against Labor’s attacks on Universities have been a shot in the arm for student activists. But rebuilding the student movement will require a lot of work and left wing politics. We need more people in our student unions who do not shy away from criticising the government, who want to build grassroots organising collectives and who see ordinary people in the streets as the way to force change.

Big demo at Curtin Uni against Labor’s cuts

5-600 students rallied at Curtin University on 14 May 2013 in the biggest student demonstration in over a decade. It was built by socialists who run the guild. That is why it was such a success.