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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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Albo and Shorten: the hollow men

We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Leaning together
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats’ feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar

Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion…

What a choice Labor Party members have! It’s a choice between a Labor hack in previous Labor governments, governments which cut single parent payments, demonised refugees, continued the Northern Territory intervention and the war in Afghanistan, oversaw an historic the shift in wealth to the ruling class and increased the gender pay gap and a Labor hack in previous Labor governments, governments which cut single parent payments, demonised refugees, continued the Northern Territory intervention and the war in Afghanistan, oversaw the historic shift in wealth to the ruling class and increased the gender pay gap.

Good mates with the same rotten neoliberal policies

Thirty years of Labor openly ruling for the rich and capital make this a choice between two apparatchiks of neoliberalism.

That is why they can’t and won’t put forward policies, let alone different policies,  but only talk in platitudes about Labor values. Well the key Labor value is managing the capitalist system for the benefit of capitalists and in today’s economic climate that means attacking its own base – workers and the disadvantaged.

It is fair enough that after 120 years members finally have a vote on the leadership. But they do so in the context of a parliamentary party thoroughly infected with neoliberalism and worshiping at the altar of profit.

There is no social surplus sufficient to sustain Labor’s supposed values of social welare and helping the disadvantaged and the poor.

It is why Albo and Shorten are the hollow men, the stuffed men.

Thus neither of them has raised the possibility of taxing the rich to pay for better health and education or welcoming refugees.

Their idée fixe on climate change is an ineffectual price on carbon which as Simon Butler has pointed out ‘Prices can never reflect true ecological values because those values simply cannot be expressed in dollar terms.’

A deepening of democracy in Labor, instead of a tawdry choice between two neoliberals, would be to put policy making power in the hands of the members too, and not only make that binding on parliamentarians but give members the power to remove any pollies not toeing the line.

This is not an election in the ALP between 2 radically different visions for Australia. It is about who can best sell us the shit sandwich of labor neoliberalism.  The problem isn’t just the seller; it’s the sandwich.

This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

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Comments

Comment from Ross
Time September 23, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Notice both have hand in one pocket re-assuring their genetalia of the power that beckons them to betray their party faithful.

All pollies lie and deceive so don’t expect much to improve soon.

http://cecaust.com.au/ Learn about the Cyrus Style’ Bail In’ planned for Aust. APRA have it hidden on their website. The biggest GFC I’m told will be delayed by money printing until 2015.They are setting a bigger debt trap.

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