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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 Rohingya and the St Louis

This was the lead letter in the Australian on Tuesday. The comparison between turning back Jews fleeing Nazi Germany and the Rohingya today trapped at sea is brilliant and true.

‘As Jews, the sight of desperate refugees on a ship, being refused entry to country after country, brings back memories of the German passenger ship St Louis, which, in 1939 and filled with European Jewish refugees, was turned away repeatedly, resulting in 254 passengers eventually dying under the Nazi regimen.

‘We therefore appeal to the Prime Minister and government as an act of mercy and generosity to immediately let into Australia the refugees who have been abandoned at sea, and to encourage our neighbours to take a share of them.

‘These are oppressed human beings who could make an immediate and valuable contribution to the rural workforce, and become valuable citizens, as have previous arrivals.

‘Jonathan Keren-Black, Kew, Vic

‘Robin Rothfield, Alphington, Vic’

Jeff Sparrow makes a similar point in Overland in an article called The last time they turned back the boats.

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Comments

Comment from Harry Feldman
Time May 19, 2015 at 6:32 pm

I think it’s a mistake to emphasise the economic or other benefits that accrue to Australian capital from a compassionate refugee policy. Jeff, to his credit, avoids this. The reason we support refugees is human solidarity with those in need, not that they are exploitable.

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