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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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Abbott’s Syria refugee announcement: too little, too discriminatory and too hypocritical – free the Syrians in detention

This is a statement by the Refugee Action Coalition in Sydney

ABBOTT’S SYRIA REFUGEE ANNOUNCEMENT: TOO LITTLE, TOO DISCRIMINATORY AND TOO HYPOCRITICAL

FREE THE SYRIANS IN DETENTION

It is a welcome fact that the Abbott government will take 12,000 Syrians on top of the existing humanitarian intake of 13,750.

But the failure of the government to say over what time period the 12,000 will be brought to Australia, makes it impossible to know how generous the government is being.

What we do know is that 12,000 is on the low side of the suggestions that have been recently made regarding the numbers that Australia could reasonable take. At the moment, Germany is taking more than this number each day.

“The Abbott government cut the refugee intake from 20,000 when it was elected. So we are already taken 18,000 fewer people because of the anti-refugee policies of the Abbott government. Abbott wants to look like he is doing something, but is doing as little as possible at the same time,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. “Even Liberal NSW Premier Mike Baird said that 10, 000 was a minimum. Some Liberal backbenchers were suggesting 50,000, which is more like it.”

What is also shocking is that the Abbott government is making a fundamental break with the policy of a non-discriminatory humanitarian program.

“The stipulation that Australia’s selection would be from minority groups is also transparently anti-Muslim,” said Rintoul. “Abbott is continuing to inflame anti-Muslim sentiments which have been on display from the likes of Cory Bernadi and George Christensen.

“By making the announcement of bombing Syria at the same time as announcing the refugee intake, Abbott is trying to hide the reality that it is the US bombing in Syria that creates refugees. The fact is that the barrel bombs of Assad are responsible for the vast majority of Syrian civilian casualties.

“Lastly, the Abbott government, and the Labor Party, have turned a blind eye to the Syrian asylum seekers that have been left rotting in Australian-run detention centres.”

The Refugee Action Coalition has called a rally on Saturday, 12 September, 2pm at Sydney Town Hall to call for the government to free the Syrian asylum seekers from detention, increase the immediate Syrian intake, increase the annual humanitarian intake, end tow-backs, and close Manus and Nauru.

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