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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)

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Archive for March, 2015

The Moss Review exposes the sexual and physical brutality on Nauru and all Tony Abbott can say is ‘things happen’

Let’s build the demonstrations against this sexual and physical brutality and violence and for refugees this coming Sunday, Palm Sunday, in capital and other cities across Australia. See you there.

I had a dream – about Tony Abbott

“The Pope has shown me that my demonisation of asylum seekers for cheap political advantage was wrong and against all the tenets of my religion and the teachings of Jesus Christ, ” Mr Abbott said. “I am truly sorry for the atrocities I have committed against refugees and will do all I can to make this great country of ours welcoming of them from now on,” he added.

Meanwhile the impact of Mr Abbott’s attacks on the poor, Aborigines, workers, the sick, the elderly, women, the homeless, the unemployed, victims of violence, Universities, schools, public transport etc etc continued unabated. There was no cheering from them.

Exposing the reality of Fraser’s treatment of Vietnamese refugees

This is from 2012 but is an excellent debunking of the myth of Fraser’s ‘ humanitarian’ treatment of Vietnamese refugees when he actually had power. Here is part of what historian Rachel Stevens says: The resettlement of the Vietnamese refugees was an unfamiliar challenge for the Fraser government, just a few years after the formal […]

Economic shock as mining boom evaporates

The Australian economy’s dream looks to be over as the mining boom runs out of steam and living standards are squeezed. Peter Jones in Solidarity takes a closer look.

Malcolm Fraser – a class enemy

When I was standing outside Parliament House on 11 November 1975 (my 22nd birthday) I didn’t think Malcolm Fraser was a hero. I thought he was a bastard, a ruling class bastard. I still do and not just for riding roughshod over democracy. He then went on to cut health and education spending and tried to smash unions.

Let’s axe Pyne’s University ‘reforms’

Sarah Garnham writes in Red Flag that ‘our protest-based campaign has already had two significant victories over the government.’

‘But for these victories to be meaningful, we need to match Pyne’s determination. We need to continue the fight against privatisation, funding cuts and fee increases.’

Ilan Pappe on the Israeli elections

1. These elections are the invitation we were waiting for the funeral of the two states solution.

An alternative to the neoliberal University?

On Friday 13 February, an organization of concerned students calling itself The New University (http://newuni.nl/) occupied the Bungehuis, one of the University of Amsterdam’s buildings and one of the Humanities Faculty’s primary locations. The students are protesting the financialization of academic life, and are calling for the radical democratization of university management. According to press releases issued by the students, their decision to occupy a university building was only taken after they had become convinced that all other options for entering into discussion with the university’s management had been exhausted, and many less impactful forms of protest had already been exercised (see http://humanitiesrally.com/).

Michael Brull in New Matilda on what really happened at Sydney University – the lies of the Zionists exposed, again

Michael Brull in New Matilda has written a devastating response to the lies of the Zionists about the protest against Israeli war crimes and genocide at Sydney University on 11 March. Unlike the apologists for Zionist murder and dispossession Brull presents the facts based on videos of the event. The protesters were the victims of violence, not its instigators or perpetrators.

Tax and kidnapping Gina Rinehart? Seriously?

Private company owners told the Abbott government they feared being kidnapped if the public knew how much their private companies were worth and their income. The government fell for it. What nonsense. If you believe this kidnap crap, I have a bridge in Sydney I would like to sell you too.