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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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Unite to fight capitalist austerity in Greece

The historic nature of events in the last week in Greece with the mobilisation and then resounding No vote against austerity and now the rotten deal Tsipras’s Syriza government has offered the troika demands unity.

Unite all the No forces that are left wing in the fight against austerity.

That includes political and other forces within (for how long?) and outside SYRIZA. It means those forces calling on and if possible mobilising the Greek working class to resist austerity no matter who proposes it.

It means those social and political organisations outside SYRIZA which have in the past claimed strength in the movement testing that strength.

It means speaking honestly to the Greek working class.

It means standing with the people against the profit system.

And for those of us far away learning important lessons from the events in Greece, it means uniting in our support of those in Greece fighting against capitalist austerity no matter who is imposing it.

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Comment from Lorikeet
Time July 13, 2015 at 10:28 am

I agree with a lot of your thoughts on this John, but won’t a rejection of the troika lead to the collapse of the superannuation system?

It already appears as if the superannuation system has been set up to fail most ordinary Australians, with high levels of unemployment and underemployment. Plenty of people in their 50s and 60s are being forced into involuntary early retirement due to redundancy and rejection of older workers.

If Greece leaves the Eurozone, won’t capitalists then effectively lock them out of the market?

It seems to me as if what is happening in Greece is also being implemented in Australia: e.g. cuts to the welfare system, increasing rates of unemployment, while the rich continue to live high on the hog, with their money in various tax havens, including superannuation.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time July 13, 2015 at 10:32 am

As I remember, Labor Treasurer Wayne Swan agreed to lend $7 billion to the IMF to bail out Greece. Before the cheque was even written, he was being asked for a further $9 billion to bail out another failing nation (unnamed).

I’m against this idea of bailout packages for failed and failing economies. I think this only further empowers the troika, sends the western nations backwards and financially disempowers individual governments. What do you think, John?