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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?
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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)

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)



Wayne Swan is left-wing? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha …..

I laughed out loud when I read the claim in the editorial in the weekend Australian Financial Review that Wayne Swan is arguably the most left-wing Treasurer since Jim Cairns (“Gillard, Swan should listen to Carr” The Weekend AFR March 3-4).

Jim Cairns was a man of principle committed to ending the dominance of capital over labour. Wayne Swan is a neoliberal Labor Party apparatchik playing word games.

Jim Cairns helped organise mass protests against the Vietnam war (and he was part of the conservative wing of that movement.) He helped mobilise hundreds of thousands and change the course of politics in Australia.

The only movement Swan has ever managed happens every morning.

You do have to admire Swan’s chutzpah in attacking mining magnates and other rich pigs.

Labor in power has capitulated to them. It governs for the one percent.

The Minerals Resource Rent Tax sell out comes to mind. It was a complete backdown to the mining magnates. Who led this retreat? Wayne Swan of course.

This talk by Swan and Labor of rich vested interests is a smokescreen to give the impression of defending the fair go while overseeing an historic shift of income and wealth to capital from labour, to the rich from the poor and working class.

The AFR’s faux indignation at Swan’s brazen effrontery appears to be part of the smokescreen.

The ALP and the milksop trade union leadership – the paid popinjays of profit – are the best thing capital has going for it in terms of implementing the neoliberal agenda of the one percent without provoking social discord.



Time March 3, 2012 at 10:39 pm

[…] En Passant observes without analysis: Labor in power has capitulated to them. It governs for the one percent. […]

Comment from Jolly
Time March 4, 2012 at 12:05 am

Wayne Swan’s next job: a creepy actor. He’d be really good at that, not so much the acting part but more the creepy bit and Jullia Gillard can play Lady Macbeth with a twist.

Comment from Bron
Time March 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Let me join you in the laughter: Wayne Swan left-wing? AHAHAHAHAHA.

Yeah, roight.

Comment from Jolly
Time March 5, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Wayne Swan mooted the super profit mining tax. Then blamed Rudd for the unpopular tax. Swan, Gillard, etal were “given the nod” by the three three mining companies –Xstrta, Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton- beforehand, letting it be known that the ads attacking the government would be pulled. Might the party backroom boys sought tacit approval from the miners for a change at the top? Was this then used to win over wavering MPs?

Now Swan goes on to claim “ The rising influence of vested interested is threatening Australia’s egalitarian social contract.”
“We can’t afford to let the market system be undermined by the excessive greed of a wildly irresponsible few. Then he goes on to talk about ‘fair go’
“Politicians have a choice between standing up for workers and kneeling down at the feet of the Gina Rineharts and the Clive Palmers”

Ha..ha..haaaa! Swan waving the red-flag again as he did before with the three mining companies. When the heat got unbearable, Swan & Gillard blamed Rudd, then knelt at the feet of those three mining companies and struck a new deal that would cost Australian taxpayers $110 billion over 10 years.
Now Swan is at it again? This time who will he blame? Gillard? Then strike another deal with Rhinehart and Palmer at the expense of the taxpayer? Or is he just thumping his chest for attention? Trust Wayne Swan anyone out there??

Please read ‘The Monthly’, March issue for more in-depth info on Wane Swan’s hypocrisy.

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