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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)



Taking up arms against Australian women – domestic violence and terrorism

The other day, as part of the ‘terrorism scare ’em back to vote for us’ campaign, Tony Abbot said that it was only appropriate that dual nationals who take up arms against Australians should be stripped of their citizenship. And in Parliament last week he said:

“[T]his government is taking every reasonable measure to keep the Australian people safe. We do not want to play politics about this, because we know, instinctively, that anyone who raises a gun or a knife to an Australian because of who we are has utterly forfeited any right to be considered one of us.”

According to Destroy the Joint 42 women so far this year have been killed by their partner or ex-partner. That is 2 women a week.


As Australian of the year Rosie Batty said domestic violence is akin to terrorism. It involves men using guns or knifes or their own brute strength against Australian women. Yet Tony Abbott, the Minister for Women – yes, satire is dead – does nothing, other than mouth platitudes about how dreadful domestic violence is.  Worse than that, he didn’t just do nothing. Abbott has cut funding to domestic violence services.

The New South Wales goverment is as I write redirecting funding to rural areas from Sydney meaning that up to 20 shelters for homeless and vulnerable women will close.

Unlike his Henny Penny terrorism scares, Abbott thinks there are no votes in addressing domestic violence.

Domestic violence is systemic. It arises in a capitalist system that venerates the family and until recently men’s ownership of women. And despite what the media and politicians and police tell us, current family arrangements reinforce the message of ownership.  Couple that with an alienated working class and the recipe for violence is ingrained and won’t be addressed by more cops. It will to some extent be alleviated by funding refuges that can look after women fleeing domestic violence.

The family is the cornerstone of capitalism because it provides a cheap unit for capital for the raising of the next generation of workers.  Women in the workforce has not changed this basic and fundamental unit of reproduction and unpaid labour nor the associated gender roles that reinforce the family.

Combatting domestic violence at a minimum requires a challenge to the dominance of the family and ultimately its overthrow. Tony Abbott will do nothing that might undermine the ideology of the family let alone overthrow it. Nor will he address the ‘less than men’ messages about women that flow from the paramountcy of the family unit in capitalist society.

A first small step would be a militant social and union campaign for better domestic violence services from this misogynist government.



Comment from Abbienoiraude
Time June 8, 2015 at 9:12 am

What would be a giant leap forward would be the recognition, respect due AND recompense for the unpaid work performed by women in the home raising children. Maybe it is too revolutionary an idea and too controversial for women to not have to pay strangers who do not love let alone know the children’s value system.
By financial payment women wouldl gain power, independence, recognition and choice. Choice to leave if necessary and to access freely services for their circumstances.
I won’t hold my breath in a society that worships money more than they treasure the work performed by women across the globe.

Comment from Peter
Time June 8, 2015 at 9:28 am

If Abbot really means this:”… anyone who raises a gun or a knife to an Australian because of who we are has utterly forfeited any right to be considered one of us.” wife and girlfriend bashers should be stripped of their nationality.
Although, I notice that we only ever hear the woman’s side of the story…surely there must be some cause for the violence? Do so many men really bash their wives and girlfriends with no provocation whatever? Seems a bit suss to me. I thought it always took two to tango. After all, most of these guys have been brought up mostly by women, been taught mostly by women until they left school…seems a bit odd that the guys then lay hands and knives and fists on women so easily. What have all those women been teaching the males under their influence?

Comment from John
Time June 8, 2015 at 12:24 pm

I disagree with this. Paying women to stay at home reinforces their divorce from work. It is to me a reactionary demand.

Comment from John
Time June 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm

All the fault of women eh? Don’t think so. Maybe it is because they are raised by women n what are deemed subordinate roles that they think they own and can possess women?

Comment from Mike
Time June 8, 2015 at 4:55 pm

Overthrow the family??

Christmas and birthdays must be pretty lonely in the Passant household.

Comment from John
Time June 8, 2015 at 6:06 pm

Another intelligent comment.

Comment from Lara
Time June 9, 2015 at 12:04 pm

To Peter:
Shut the fuck up.

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