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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (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. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (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

Sick kids and paying upfront


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. (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)



Archive for January 4th, 2015

Abbott’s Team Australia – terminally ill man told to look for work

John Grayson’s priorities have changed dramatically since [he was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour], but it seems as far as federal government bureaucrats are concerned he still needs to look for work if he wants to receive the Newstart allowance. His terminal cancer does not make him eligible for the Disability Support Pension. So to live he has to waste time filling out forms, going to interviews and meeting with case providers to get Newstart.


A contribution to a discussion on the nature of the Australian Labor Party

If people are interested in my contributions to exploring the nature of the ALP and its move from a capitalist workers’ party to a CAPITALIST workers’ party and onto a capitalist party, I suggest my academic article on the MRRT and the ALP called ‘The Minerals Resource Rent Tax: the Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change’ might be a good place to start. The reference is John Passant , (2014) “The Minerals Resource Rent Tax: The Australian Labor Party and the continuity of change”, Accounting Research Journal, Vol. 27 Iss: 1, pp.19 – 36. A pre-publication copy (with a few typos corrected before publication) can be downloaded from the University of Wollongong site via this link. Once there hit the download button on the middle right of the page.