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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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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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Immigration and discrimination

Like Sarah Palin, Bernhard Moeller has a child with Down Syndrome. Unlike Palin, Bernhard is a productive member of society. He is a very good doctor in Horsham and his patients love him. 

Bernhard came with his family to Australia from Germany two years ago to help with the rural doctors’ crisis.  He likes it here.  We like him and his family. But the Immigration Department won’t give him permanency residency status because his son, hypothetically, will cost the Australian community more than $20,000 per year.

Under capitalism almost everything is judged in money terms.  Yet why can’t the Immigration bureaucrats, and the law makers who passed this obscene legislation, recognise that each person adds real value to the community and that includes people with disabilities. They too enrich the community. To think they are a burden because care costs might total more than $20,000 is Dickensian.

I have no doubt the ALP Ministers Roxon (from Health) and Evans (from Immigration) will reach some sort of deal eventually and Dr Moeller and his family will be granted permanent residency.

The real test will be if Labor then abolishes the discriminatory parts of the Migration Act that allowed this to come about in the first place and which even today threaten others as well.  Personally I think they won’t because they agree with the principle of kicking out people who might supposedly be an economic cost to society but have been caught out with the publicity on this one.

Indeed, since all human beings are inherently valuable, we should allow whoever wants to come here to do so.

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