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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?
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Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole
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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)

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Saturday’s socialist speak out

The 66 year project of Zionist genocide against Palestinians continues. As the Zionist ‘defence’ forces kill or will kill hundreds, many of them women and children, and prepare for a ground invasion, we must stand with the oppressed against the oppressor. I will write more on this in the next day or two.

In Australia, the government cosies up to those committing human rights abuses and war crimes in Sri Lanka, to help ‘stop the boats.’

The Australian government commits its own human rights abuses by pirating an asylum seeker ship at see and holding the occupants in a Customs prison boat. It sends back asylum seekers to Sri Lanka, the very government persecuting Tamils and others.

This and previous governments continue the 226 year project of genocide against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Abbott attacks the poor and the poorly paid, the disabled, the unemployed, the homeless… The list is almost endless.

In discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Canberra our Prime Minister praised Japanese soldiers during World War II for ‘the skill and the sense of honour that they brought to their task…’

In doing that Abbott exposes the regime of lies  the Australian ruling class and all ruling classes use about war, in Australia’s case especially to hide Australia’s own war crimes offshore and here in Australia in the frontier war against the original inhabitants.

No doubt those criminals imprisoning asylum seekers in concentration camps here and on Manus Island and Nauru are also acting with skill and a sense of honour too.

These comments are part of a toughening up of Australian ruling class support for the US, and hence Japan, in the containment of China in the region.

The Chinese ruling class understand that and will continue to build their economy and armed forces to become the world’s biggest economy in the not too distant future.  The decline of US power makes US imperialism even more dangerous. The most armed empire in history will at some stage strike out against its competitor to stop China becoming the number one imperialist power.

Its defeats in Afghanistan and Iraq highlight its weaknesses but also its ability to wreak havoc and destruction on us all.

The fact that China wants to continue to grow and Australia is a good resource bin for it means that the Chinese will more than likely express disagreements with Abbott in strong diplomatic language but keep buying Gina Rinehart’s minerals and resources. (I was going to put ‘our resources’ but we don’t own them – they have been sold for a tax pittance to the likes of Rinehart, Palmer, Forrest and BHP, Xstrata and Rio Tinto on land stolen from Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders.)

But they will look for alternative suppliers too, those less swept up in the red, white and blue Alliance and that in part explains Chinese imperialism’s close interests in Africa.

Back in Australia, the government that wasn’t going to do deals with minor parties came unstuck in the Senate over a deal it did with the Palmer United Party about the specifics of abolishing the carbon tax.

The PUPs bit back and rejected the repeal Bills for this week. They’ll get the amendments right next week, I am pretty sure, and the carbon tax will be repealed.

Don’t expect to get back anywhere near that $550 Abbott sprouted and still sprouts about as the cost to ordinary families of the carbon tax.

Abbott and co aimed to repeal the carbon tax to give that money to electricity and gas companies.  Those companies have increased their prices somewhat in response to the carbon tax but won’t reduce them commensurately with the repeal of the tax.

In fact much of the increase in electricity and gas prices has to do with massive infrastructure spending in the case of electricity or exporting Australian gas more profitably than selling it on the Australian market in the case of gas prices.

Populist Clive Palmer gave the impression of forcing electricity and gas supplies to pass on the reduced costs to their consumers. The government amendments on Monday or Tuesday in the House of Representatives will reflect that.

If you think your power bills will now fall by $550, I have a bridge in Sydney to sell you.

Just wait for the excuses… Other costs have gone up, we have only increased prices by a few percent, not the full cost of the tax, competition kept price increases lower than the carbon tax impost, cost pressures mean that the abolition of the carbon tax sees us keeping prices at their current level for a little while etc etc.

End result: we won’t see anywhere near $550 in savings.

The ‘instability’ in the Senate reflects the shift away by many Australian voters from the two major parties of neoliberalism to any half decent alternative. In decades past about 90% of voters were rusted on labor or Coalition supporters. That figure is closer to 30% now.

Thirty years of neoliberalism from the Labor Party, and the ability to use the trade union bureaucracy to force this crap down workers’ throats, has seen workers desert the ALP and unions. A return to class struggle offers some salvation from that and the opportunity for workers to see the world in a new light when they are in struggle.

Other struggles continue, bursting on to the streets at times  – the bust the budget rallies, the fight for refugees, the struggle for equal love,  the student demonstrations etc.

These separate but related struggles have not yet found political expression.  Let’s see what comes out of the years of working class frustration with right wing and neoliberal politics, of rule for the rich and capital.

There could be a May 68 like explosion when suddenly class conscious French workers left the old institutions of capital – including the Communist Party – behind them. They didn’t have time to construct an alternative political expression of their class interests both within and outside capitalism before the PFCF betrayed French workers and handed victory to de Gaulle with the dual ‘strategy’ of ending strikes and having elections.

Or there could be a long slow meltdown and the ongoing parliamentary game creating illusions in the next set of snake oil salesmen and women of capitalism like Clive Palmer, independents and the Greens.

Certainly the frog in the slowly boiling water could jump out soon. Or die.

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