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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (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. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (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

Sick kids and paying upfront


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. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)



Open letter to the organising committee of the Sydney rally against Reclaim Australia on November 22

We write to express our disappointment in the way the demonstration [in Sydney] against Reclaim Australia concluded on Sunday.

The rally itself was very good. We outnumbered the racists by at least 3:1. The speakers were representative of the some of the key social forces we need to mobilise in much larger numbers if we are to push back the Islamophobic offensive – unionists, Muslims, Aboriginal people and the broader left.

Clear points were made against the demonisation of Muslims under the current government and the Western bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria, the importance of justice for Aboriginal people and the need for working class unity in the fight against racism, war and Islamophobia.

Aboriginal leader Ken Canning, whose photo was used to promote the demonstration, made a strong point as part of his speech – and again towards the end of proceedings – that the rally should remain stationary and any attempt to march would only lead to pointless confrontation with the police. This position was widely supported in the crowd with clapping and cheering.

The rally looked to be ending strong and unified, when the chair Omar Hassan, from Socialist Alternative, announced that some people wanted to march – and quickly proceeded to lead one without the chance for any discussion for or against.

The march did not make it 100 metres down the road before it was broken up by police, including horses. We condemn this violence used by police, reject media suggestions protestors deserved to be attacked and defend the right to demonstrate. But this outcome was entirely predictable. Many people left feeling confused and demoralised. People had not attended the rally to pointlessly confront police, but to make a political stand against racism and Reclaim Australia.

It is an urgent imperative that we strengthen the movement against Islamphobia and war by mobilising far wider layers of people than we had at Martin Place today. This needs to focus not just on fringe far right groups, but mobilisations against the government policies driving the racism. It needs to include Muslims, many of whom do not feel confident to take to the streets in the current climate of fear.

The rally today had a number of strengths that can be built on to take this movement forward. But the unnecessary and undemocratic confrontation with police was a step back and must not be repeated. We will need a more democratic, honest approach to organising to make any future events successful.


Ken Canning, Murri activist and rally speaker
Ahmed Aboushabana, community activist and rally speaker
Elizabeth Jarrett, Goori activist and rally speaker
Kyol Blakeney, 2015 Sydney University SRC President
Clare Fester, Solidarity and rally organising committee member
Padraic Gibson, Jumbunna Research and Solidarity
Bruce Knobloch, Greens activist
Susan Price, National co-convenor Socialist Alliance
Ian Rose, Greens activist
Mia Sanders anti-racist activist, Socialist Alliance and rally organising committee member
Amy Claire Thomas, Solidarity and rally organising committee member
Evan Van Zijl, Greens activist
Natalie Wasley, anti-nuclear and Aboriginal rights campaigner

My article in Independent Australia: The Grand Mufti was right

This is the link to my article in Independent Australia on why the Grand Mufti is right about the West’s role in creating the conditions for terrorism.

To read the whole article click The Grand Mufti was Right.



The Canberra Times quotes me in an article on our anti-Reclaim White Australia rally

In an article in the Canberra Times on our anti-Reclaim Australia rally on Sunday at Parliament House, Christopher Knaus quotes me:

Prior to the arrival of Reclaim, John Passant, of the Solidarity Canberra group, told protesters that it was fantastic that so many had turned up to take a stand against the racism of Reclaim, and the racism of the federal government.

“We need to stand together against the new current of politics that is developing in Australia,” he said.

“A politics that sees race as a way of bettering themselves… of getting themselves noticed.”

The report itself doesn’t mention the strong Aboriginal Tent Embassy presence at the anti-Reclaim rally. Here is one of my poor photos of the 25 or so Aboriginal comrades at the beginning of the protest against racism.

Aboriginal comrades at the anti-Reclaim protest. Photo John Passant


Is Reclaim (white) Australia the mirror image of ISIS?

From The Shovel

Yesterday at our rally in Canberra against racism and for Muslims, I saw the potential front-line face of fascism in Australia. (Christopher Knauss, ‘Rival protesters clash in fiery exchanges’ The Canberra Times Monday November 23, page 4.)

Wrapped in the Australian flag, chanting Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi, oi, oi and sprouting hateful lies and abuse against Muslims and anti-fascists and anti-racists like me, and wanting to undertake physical action against its perceived enemies, these white nationalist Reclaim Australia people, mainly alienated middle aged and young men, are a potential lumpen proletariat wing of fascism. It made me realise why some alienated young men might also join or support Reclaim’s alter ego and mirror image, ISIS.

The personal abuse some of the reclaim white Australia people gave me after their rally finished and I was walking alone back from the United Voice union celebrations nearby to the anti-reclaim rally was obviously intended to frighten me. It didn’t. It also didn’t appear to frighten the older woman of Chinese appearance walking near me, who asked for a copy of Solidarity magazine in response to a tirade of foul and vile abuse from one of the racists aimed at me.

Others, especially Muslims, and Muslim women with head covers, as Diane pointed out at the rally, wearing one herself,  however will be frightened by this filth and their campaign of hate and the abuse and physical violence it provokes.  It is why our counter rallies are so important.

In the comments, Tom accuses me of being pro-ISIS. There is no evidence for this lie. Objectively the Reclaim White Australia racists may well be the best recruiters for their brother haters in ISIS. This cartoon captures it:



Roxley Foley from the tent embassy captures the best response to these racists.  This is from an earlier protest when Roxley sat on one of the memorial stones outside Parliament House and the Reclaim White Australia people held their rally around him.


Letter from a refugee

This is my story……… In 2014, during the incident that happened my throat was cut by a local guard.

Afterwards, those who are running the centre started to put some obstacles on my way by hardening up on me in order to make me disappointed therefore I go back to my country. For example, I was sent to the jail 9 months ago and I had been there for 21 days however I hadn’t been done anything wrong.

Actually I’ve been having this feeling like they want to get rid of me. When I came back to the centre I was told that officer who witnessed my throat cut had been fired from his job and moreover the guards broke his arm and sent him back. 

Unfortunately, I haven’t been sent for treatment anywhere so far. I’ve suffering from sort of suffocation due to my neck cut and there is something wrong with its nerve.

Since then I’ve been suffering from mental issues and I have fear because of the nightmares ( like the authorities have been hired someone to kill me) I’ve been having every night.

I feel like something is going to happen to me.

These are my medical issues that I’ve been suffering from and unfortunately I have not received any treatment so far 1) Problem with my neck nerve (due to the cut ) and I feel sort of suffocation whenever I bend my neck 2) Back pain because of the problem that have in my spinal (lumbar disk) 3) Sciatica Nerve issue (whenever I stand or after I have a walk it starts to sore) 4) Ingrowing hair in my back 5) Chronic Inflammation of prostate which causes me testicle and kidney pain 6) Skin Conditions including 1- Vitiligo 2- Seborrhoeic Dermatitis which causes intensified itchiness. 7) Due to the antibiotics that I have been given I have stomach problem.

Do you know more than 2 years I don’t speak with my wife because of security officers because they lost my property from first day and I had phone number of my wife in that property.

Stop the racists and fascists – this Sunday stand united against racism and war

If you want to fight against Islamophobia and racism, join these demonstrations across Australia taking a stand for  decency and humanity. Stop the racists and fascists.

My 17 November interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp

This is the link to my 33 minute interview with Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 17 November. We cover the Paris attacks, the extremism of both sides, namely our governments and ISIS, the economic extremism waged against workers and the poor and much much more.

Australia’s Grand Mufti is right

After the ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris the Grand Mufti of Australia put out a media release condemning the attacks.  He also made some relevant points about their cause. Here is a copy of what he said:

So the Grand Mufti condemned the terrorist attacks. His ‘crime’ was to point out the West’s role in creating the climate for these attacks.

The reactionaries, the likes of Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie and various Government Ministers, plus many more,  some of whom pay inordinate attention to this blog instead of being in their natural fascist play school of putridity,  have gone on the attack over the Mufti daring to point out the obvious.

Lambie called for a tracking device to be put on the Mufti.

Treasurer Scott Morrison said he was very disappointed with the Mufti. Well he would be wouldn’t he? The truth always disappoints those who create a panopticon of lies.

Western invasions, racism, Islamophobia, the curtailing of individual liberties, all are part of the explanation for this terrorist attack.  Invading Iraq and killing up to 1.5 m Iraqis was, as we pointed out in our demonstrations against the Iraq War in 2003, always going to produce a backlash. It has, and this mirror of Western barbarity called ISIS is now wreaking some destruction in the West, although its main victims remain Muslims in Iraq and Syria.

The politicians and others condemning the Mufti are the very people who lock innocent men, women and children, many of them fleeing the barbarity that is ISIS, in gulags on Manus Island and Nauru. or who support such action. These people have no moral high ground from which to lecture others about ‘civilisation’, justice, democracy, freedom and Western ‘values’.

This call for the Mufti to ‘properly condemn’ the terrorist attack in Paris when he has done so is part of the grand coalition of racism in Australia and the West. It is part of the attempts by the racist right to blame Muslims for the ISIS attacks.  These reactionaries hope in a climate of fear to build their brand of racism in Australia and win political support for their positions by tapping into the latent racism of a section of society.  The government is happy enough with these attacks because they too want to cement that racist right behind them and to divert attention away from the economic issues plaguing the country, the two most important being unemployment and poverty.

Far from being condemned, the Grand Mufti of Australia deserves our support for pointing out some of the Western drivers behind these terrorist attacks. More of the same – bombings, racism xenophobia, locking up people without evidence, closing the borders – will only strengthen support for ISIS.



John Mullen in Paris: Three days after the attacks

John Mullen in Paris has written a heartfelt note about the bombings, the anti-democratic and brutal nature of the French State, the real risks of a racist and fascist backlash and the need for the left to unite to fight Islamophobia. He starts off by saying:

‘Three days after the dreadful mass murders in Paris and Saint Denis, people are struggling to understand, and are expressing their solidarity by donating blood or leaving candles and flowers in the streets, while authorities and mainstream parties are scrambling for legitimacy and positioning. As the names of the victims become public, we all see that we have friends of friends who were killed or injured, even if we were lucky enough to find that people personally close to us were safe. A few left-wing comrades are among the dead, including Mathieu, who co-translated David Harvey’s book into French and Patricia, a trade unionist from the Northern suburbs who had fled Chile during the dictatorship.’

Click Paris three days after the attacks: State of emergency, profiteers and confusions to read the whole article on John’s blog.

If there is any hope it lies in the popular democratic resistance in the Middle East

PKK fighters driving a tank into Shingal in Kurdish or Sinjar in Arabic.

I have read quite a few letters in newspapers recently drawing reactionary conclusions from the terrorist attack in France. These include one which said if there were a terrorist attack in Australia it would be the fault of all we bleeding hearts. Here is my response to this drivel.

This is the first  sentence of one letter.  ‘France’s weak acceptance of refugees from Muslim countries has now directly resulted in the worst terrorist atrocity in France since World War II.’  This is incorrect on so many levels.

Like most apologists for Western state barbarism,  the writer ignores history. The French State carried out the worst terrorist attack in Paris since World War II on 17 October 1961 when it killed hundreds of protesters among a 30,000 strong pro-Algerian Independence rally.

Second there is no link between the refugees in Europe and ISIS or other terrorists. Those millions of refugees are fleeing the terrorists, and also fleeing our bombs and those of the butcher Assad. We should welcome those escaping the barbarity the West has helped create in the Middle East.

The very recent French bombing of Raqqa continues France’s long and bloody history as an imperialist butcher. Rather than solve the problem it will only make it worse. It is a cynical and calculated political response in which the lives of innocent people in Raqqa mean nothing to the French state.

When we marched against the invasion of Iraq in 2003 we made the point that invading it would not create peace in the region. Killing millions, as the invasion did, is not a recipe for peace and stability. The same message is relevant today.

Is there a solution? As Noam Chomsky says to our leaders in the West, if you want to stop terrorism, stop engaging in it.

In their struggles for democracy and justice the peoples of the region can win peace. We got a glimpse of that potential in the Arab Spring revolutions against mainly Western backed dictators.

Kurdish, Arab and Christian forces have recently retaken a number of ISIS occupied villages and liberated the town of Sinjar. (As an aside I note the butcher who is the President of Turkey is currently bombing the Kurds.)

If there is any hope it lies in the popular democratic resistance in the region, not Western murderers and their allies and the knee jerk reactionaries sprouting their rubbish in the Parliaments and the media and the letters pages of the mainstream media.