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Dear editor – it’s the Liberal, Labor and Greens’ neoliberal troika that is the problem

I sent this to the Sydney Morning Herald in response to an article quoting me. What chance?

John Passant

My thanks to Gareth Hutchens for using me as an example of those who have condemned the Greens’ shift further to the neoliberal right. (‘Meet the new Greens economics team preparing to shake up Australian politics’, The Sydney Morning Herald 27 June 2015.)

Hutchens quotes me from my blog En Passant (, as saying “In their eagerness to prove their ‘realistic and pragmatic’ credentials, the Greens have been sold a pension pup,he spat.” I would quibble with the spitting comment. I didn’t spit this comment out. I wrote it very calmly as part of trying to enlighten a wider section of society about the essential neoliberalism¬† of the Greens and their commitment to the very capitalist system which is creating and deepening the very real climate change threat to humanity, which locks up kids in Nauru and Manus Island, which wages wars around the globe, and which attacks jobs, wages, public schools, public hospitals and public transport.

It is good that Hutchens used my quote as a some sort of counterbalance to the rest of his panegyric for the Greens’ turn further to the economic right.¬† It gives me hope that, as Labor continues to capitulate to Abbott and his reactionary agenda, and as the Greens move to embrace neoliberalism in its totality, there is a small but perhaps growing audience for the ideas of socialists like myself who fight for a world of democracy where production is organised to satisfy human need, not to make a profit.

Thanks Gareth. Here’s to more quotes from me in your articles, I hope, highlighting that it is in fact socialists who are the main [intellectual and propaganda] opposition to the Liberal, Labor and Greens’ troika of neoliberalism in Australia.

Who knows, maybe one day the voiceless like me could even grace the pages of the Sydney Morning Herald and other Fairfax papers with a regular column.



Comment from Lorikeet
Time June 29, 2015 at 10:07 am

Yes, I learned not to vote for Liberals, Labor and Greens nearly 40 years ago. Even though I was only in my early 20s, I think I was a much sharper arrow in the quiver than most of the rest of the community.

I still think the Democratic Labour Party, Katter’s Australian Party and some Independents are worthy of our vote.

Anyone who would work towards restoring our national sovereignty and looking after the poorer members of the community has very great difficulty getting into the media (and hence the parliament itself).

There was a guy on Q&A last week who was a musician. He was talking about the huge profits made at the expense of the climate. I was waiting for someone on the panel to challenge the Prophets of Doom regarding the Profits of Doom, but no answer came from anyone. As I see it, even though the Carbon Tax has been legally abolished, we still see its enormous mark on our electricity, gas and water bills. This leads me to ask the question:

“Is the Carbon Tax really gone?”

This morning I was also listening to a man named Gonski on TV, whose education programme seems to be supported by just about everyone. It even sounded good to me. However this guy is an investment banker who sits on 40 boards, leading me to believe that perhaps for Gonski to be gonesky from the political landscape might not be such a bad thing.