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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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Sick kids and paying upfront

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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)

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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What is happening at the Financial Review?

I have written before of the fact I like reading the bosses’ newspaper, the Australian Financial Review.¬† But under new editor Michael Stutchbury it has lurched to the right.

I wrote this letter to them a few days ago (unpublished so far) about the expos√© of the Murdoch’s press’s spy unit.

I guess, Michael Stutchbury, with the Murdochisation of the Australian Financial Review in full swing in an attempt to appeal to the fruitcake faction of capital, spin has to replace quality as a way of differentiating the soon to be identical brands. (‘No agenda but the news’ AFR Monday 2 April page 54).

Now with news that the Fin has sacked Keynesian John Quiggin (whose columns I enjoy very much for their insights and illuminating facts), it seems clear the trickle to the right is in danger of becoming a flood.

It is a pity my union, the MEAA, is not strong enough to defend John specifically and more generally to stop the tsunami of Murdochisation now happening at the Financial Review.

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