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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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The contradictions of Whitlamism

Tom Bramble has written about the contradictions of Whitlamism in Red Flag. Here is a snippet:

If Whitlam is to be remembered as a significant reformer, he also should be recalled as the man who paved the way for every grubby Labor government that followed him and the degeneration of the party that has resulted.

This is the link to the full article.

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Comments

Comment from Kay
Time November 7, 2014 at 8:54 am

What Tom Bramble chooses to overlook is that had Whitlam not reformed the ALP and taken over from that disagreeable, socialist, unelectable trade union based rabble under Caldwell, the ALP would never have been in a position to introduce ANY reforms at all! Caldwell’s ALP would never have been elected! Even my Communist Party parents could not bring them selves to vote for Caldwell – they voted informal! Of course they did vote for Curtin, Chifley and Doc Evatt. Whitlam turned the tide and made Labor once again a viable alternative government – although the DLP continued to cause trouble.

Whitlam started well with some great reforms. But eventually he had to ‘cut his cloth’ to meet the worsening economic conditions affecting the world, including the ‘oil crisis’.

Is Tom Bramble the kind of person who, having been hit with a huge pay cut, and rapidly rising prices, would continue to spend like there was no tomorrow, risking his own and his family’s future by refusing to accept the new reality? Yet he expected Whitlam to do that to the country.

In the end, the utter chaos of the largely incompetent and scandal-ridden Whitlam government created the situation where Fraser was swept into office. Sad but true.

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