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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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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)

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

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)

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Profiteering political prostitutes

Got a spare $110,000?  You neither. 

But the James Packers of the world do.

This sort of money will get you – them actually – access to a range of NSW and Federal ministers, including those at the recent ALP National ‘Conference.’   It’s called the Business Dialogue. 

For a mere $7500 you could have got one-off visiting rights at the talk fest. 

This week the Prime Minister was in Western Australia.  $5000 got you a seat at the table.

Ordinary Australians are excluded from such meetings, a place where real talks, discussions and decisions take place. 

We get the occasional bullshit town hall gathering, something only slightly less stage managed than Labor’s National Conference.

The real question is why aren’t Ministers accessible every day to ordinary citizens for free? Because they are ministers for capital, not workers.

Only the ruling class can afford paying thousands if not hundred of thousands for the ear of the politically powerful.

So here are Ministers of the Crown raising money for the ALP through selling access to themselves in their role as Ministers.

Does nobody else worry about the ethics of this?

A Minister of the Crown is supposedly about serving the public, not auctioning themselves to the highest bidder.

If a public servant were to do what these Ministers of the Crown are doing they’d not only be sacked on the spot, they’d be on so many charges it’d make the Somme look over the top.

It was Gordon Nuttall, jailed former Queensland Labor Minister who summed up this whole rotten game well when he said during his corruption trial that nothing’s for nothing. 

Even if our political prostitutes claim there is no granting of favours surely the perception that they might is so strong they should desist.

I  also have a left field thought.  The Constitution disbars a member who holds an office of profit under the Crown. 

That’s why public servants standing for elections go through an elaborate charade to resign from their jobs and return after they lose.

The provision in this case applies not to the Ministerial role – that is specifically excluded – but possibly to their sale of access to them as Ministers.

But there is something much deeper going on here.

Lenin described the Labor Party as a bourgeois workers’ party.  It has over time become more and more bourgeois. 

The sale to the ruling class of time with a Minister shows how removed from the world of working people the ALP now is.

It also gives the lie to the attacks Kevin Rudd regularly launches on neoliberalism.  What could be more neoliberal than a Minister selling themselves to those rich enough to afford it?

Godwin Grech should have hawked his wares to the highest bidder – just like Kevin Rudd and his motley Ministers are doing.

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