ga('send', 'pageview');
John Passant

Site menu:

March 2016



RSS Oz House



Subscribe to us

Get new blog posts delivered to your inbox.


Site search


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)



Solidarity with striking Fairfax newspaper workers

Fairfax workers have gone on strike against management plans to cut 120 jobs from The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review.

Here is how the union, the MEAA, puts it:

‘Fairfax Media has announced it will be cutting another 120 FTE [fulltime equivalent] jobs from its Sydney and Melbourne newsrooms – equivalent to about a quarter of the editorial staff.’

Here is an example of the impact of the strike.

Lights out in Fairfax’s Parliament House bureau (Bevan Shields, Federal politics editor The Age and Sydney Morning Herald)

The workers won’t return until Monday. The next few days’ editions of The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and the Australian Financial Review will be cut and paste jobs from the wires, with scabs doing the commentary. I wonder if suspended Islamophobe Paul Sheehan, the man who published made up stories about Middle Eastern Rape Culture and police inaction, will return to the scab paper?

The strike is, under bourgeois law, illegal. Technically these wonderful workers and their union can be fined thousands a day. Such is their justifiable anger that despite this threat they have gone on strike to defend their jobs.

It would be good to see the Labor Party, the ACTU and the Greens unite to defend these workers and to mobilise their members to do just that.

How then can we show solidarity to these brave unionists? If there are picket lines, join them. If there are protests, attend. Send messages of support and money to the MEAA if they ask for it.

If there are any striking Fairfax workers who want to publish their story, email me at

I will print your stories (with you remaining anonymous if you want) on my blog to get the truth out there about the sackings.

John is a member of the MEAA.



Pingback from Solidarity with striking Fairfax newspaper workers – Written by John Passant | winstonclose
Time March 18, 2016 at 2:20 am

[…] Posted by John, March 17th, 2016 – under Fairfax, MEAA, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Strikes. Comments: none […]

Comment from Tony
Time March 18, 2016 at 7:24 am

“My subscription to the Canberra Times expires in May 2016. The way I feel at the moment I won’t renew it. Instead I will re-subscribe to The Australian.” So said John Passant on 11th October 2015.

Maybe the best way for people to help Fairfax is to buy their papers and stop looking at it on the internet for free.

Comment from John
Time March 18, 2016 at 9:02 am

Not if they are going to out-reaction the reactionaries and censor socialist voices like mine.

Comment from Fred
Time March 18, 2016 at 4:25 pm

So Fairfax out-reactions the reactionaries and censors socialists but you want the papers to continue?

You really do tie yourself up in knots.

Comment from John
Time March 18, 2016 at 9:01 pm

I want the workers to keep their jobs. Pity you don’t understand simple English but instead make up ‘analysis’ of my views.

Comment from Francois Crespel
Time March 19, 2016 at 4:32 pm

En Passant, passez par chez nous, écoutez et écrivez. Online Direct Democracy a mouvement by the people for the people.
We need you if Fairfax doesn’t.

Write a comment