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

Site menu:

December 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)



Refugee protests – democracy at work

Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance

My letter in Friday’s Canberra Times
Democracy demo
The refugee protest at Parliament House was a great display of democracy, bringing the voice of voiceless refugees to the attention of the wider public. It interrupted for a few minutes the daily posturing of the wafflers and trough sniffers in Parliament and highlighted the lives permanently interrupted on Manus Island and Nauru. This is what democracy looks like.
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s description of the protest as the opposite of democracy was bizarre and served to try and deflect attention from the fact that Labor supports these concentration camps.
It shows how far the Labor Party has degenerated.
The labour movement was born out of protest and struggle, and those struggles continue today. The war criminals, human rights abusers and overseers of the concentration camps on Manus Island and Nauru who currently infect the major parties, and some crossbenchers, should take note. The time for playing by their rules is over.
Let’s shut down our cities and our parliaments to shut down Australia’s offshore and onshore gulags.



Comment from Chris Warren
Time December 2, 2016 at 12:14 pm


You cannot reduce democracy to just the dealings of the State apparatus and the State can be challenged by social movements.

I am sure that the protesters did not intend that their action would swing any parliamentarians, but rather sought to create a media event that would engage with millions across Australia.

Write a comment