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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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Statement from the Left Front in France on the Paris massacre (in French and English)

This is a statement by the Left Front on the terrorist attack in Paris. It supports the Communist Party aligned General Confederation of Workers (CGT) for a mobilisation of all democrats from 5 pm (about 4 am Australian time Thursday morning) in the Place de la Republique in memory of the dead and their families and friends. 35,000 attended. My translation is underneath the French text.

L’attentat meurtrier contre Charlie-Hebdo nous frappe de stupeur. Plus d’une dizaine de morts dont les dessinateurs Charb, Wolinski, Cabu et Tignous ! Notre première pensée va aux familles et aux proches des victimes. Le Front de gauche leur apporte sa solidarité pleine et entière.

Cet acte barbare ne doit pas être laissé sans réaction. Il frappe un organe de presse. Quels qu’en soient les auteurs, c’est à la liberté de la presse qu’ils ont voulu s’en prendre. C’est donc à notre liberté de penser qu’ils ont voulu s’attaquer. Ce sont les libertés démocratiques qu’ils veulent mettre en cause. Ils ne réussiront pas à nous intimider.

Face à cet acte odieux, il faut une réponse qui mobilise tous les démocrates, une réponse qui montre que nos concitoyen-nes refusent d’être entrainer dans la spirale de la peur, une réponse qui affirme, face au terrorisme, que la France est riche de sa diversité, fière de la liberté d’opinion qui y règne. Face à la terreur, il faut répondre par plus de démocratie, plus de fraternité et de tolérance.

C’est pourquoi le Front de gauche appelle tous les forces démocratique à réagir.

La CGT appelle à se rassembler ce soir à partir de 17h, Place de la République à Paris. Le Front de gauche appelle à y être massivement présent.

In English (my translation)

The deadly attack against Charlie Hebdo dumbfounds us. More than a dozen deaths including cartoonists Charb, Wolinski, Cabu and Tignous! Our first thoughts go to the families and friends of the victims. The Left Front gives them its full solidarity.

This barbaric act must not go without a response. The attack was on a newspaper. … It is the freedom of the press that they wanted to attack. It is our freedom to think they wanted to undermine. It is the democratic freedoms they want to question. They will not succeed in intimidating us.

Faced with this heinous act, we need a response that mobilises all democrats, a response that shows that our citizenship, refuses to be dragged into a spiral of fear, a response which affirms, facing terrorism,  that France is rich in diversity, proud of freedom of opinion that prevails. Faced with terror, we must respond with more democracy, more fraternity and tolerance.

This is why the Left Front calls on all democratic forces to react.

The CGT called to gather this evening from 17h, Republic Square in Paris. The Left Front calls to be massively present.

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