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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)



The mainstream media in Australia, Jeremy Corbyn, and me

Earlier on Monday I sent an article about Jeremy Corbyn and an offer of a weekly column to various MSM outlets here to help them connect with the big social democratic audience in Australia. I will catalogue the responses and non-responses over time.


Dear Editor

Here are some thoughts of mine on the rise of Jeremy Corbyn in Britain, and possible lessons for Australia. It is 782 words long.  Feel free to edit it to make it shorter if needs be for publication.

On a more general note, the move to the left in places like the UK, Spain, Greece, Canada and even the US and the fact on almost every issue (apart perhaps from refugees) Australians are well to the left of our politicians has found no reflection among the Opinion writers in the MSM and, by and large, its more progressive social media competitors. I can rectify that. I am offering myself as a weekly columnist to help you connect with that strong often hidden or submerged social democratic left current in society.  That connection, given I am a revolutionary socialist, would be both supportive and critical.


John Passant

Note: the article I edited down can be found by hitting this link, but remember that this is the unexpurgated version.   The version I sent to the MSM is about 350 words shorter.

Jeremy Corbyn: are there lessons for the left in Australia?

Responses to date (1.40 pm Monday 14 September):

The Australian:

Not for me at the moment sorry John,

No other responses yet.

I will update later today with who has not yet responded as well.

No response yet (8.30 pm Monday night, and 12 pm Tuesday, and 9.45 pm on Tuesday, and 7.30 am Wednesday) from:

The Guardian Australia

Huffington Post Australia

The Saturday Paper

The Age

The Canberra Times

The Sydney Morning Herald

The Drum

The Courier Mail

Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country. Luke 4:24

To be fair to the Canberra Times, they did on Wednesday publish this excellent article by Rick Kuhn on the rise of Jeremy Corbyn and drawing out lessons for Australia and for what the ruling class really thinks about democracy. Well done Rick. ‘Jeremy Corbyn’s rise shows the ruling elites’ true feelings about democracy’



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