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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 about compensation for the victims of Western terrorism?

It is a great idea to support people who are worse off than the rest of us. I support Tony Abbott giving compensation to Australians who are the victims of terrorism, including 9/11 and the Bali bombings. In doing this Abbott is backdating Labor’s scheme to include those already attacked. He is also playing reactionary politics, painting the Australian ruling class as the good guys.

Abbott said Australian victims of terror were targeted as Australians by people who thought our ‘way of life was an abomination to those who wished us harm. When someone has suffered specifically from being an Australian I think our nation has a special level of duty towards them.’ Maybe they target us because we invade their lands or the lands of fellow Muslims and wreak unspeakable barbarism on them?

Abbott’s comment about targeting Australians is not true in any event. The Australians killed in the 9/11 attacks were not killed because they were Australian. They died in response to years of US imperialism and were working in a major symbol of that imperialism.

According to a report in the respected medical journal Lancet in June 2006 the estimate was that 654,965 deaths, direct and indirect, were related to the US led invasion. Extrapolations from that figures suggest it is now likely to be much greater than one million.

Where is the compensation for the dead of Iraq, Mr Abbott, the dead whose deaths you and the government you were a member of helped cause?

I have a suggestion Mr Abbott. If you want to stop terrorism stop engaging in it. That way there wouldn’t be millions of dead at your hands and the hands of your mates and no attacks on Australians for the terrorism you unleash.

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Comment from Kay
Time October 15, 2013 at 8:47 am

As distressing as the number of deaths in Iraq due to the US invasion may be, I suspect it pales into insignificance in comparison to the number of innocent people killed by corrupt Iraqi governments and the number of innocent people killed by secular violence.

The Middle East and Africa seem to be awash with death and violence. Much of it is due to power struggles between corrupt leaders/would-be leaders, genocides by one group or another, and secular violence. I blame the intrinsic nature of human beings, fanatical religions, extreme poverty and lack of education. All attempts to help alleviate poverty seem to further enrich corrupt officials. Any solutions there?

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