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March 2017



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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)



Archive for March, 2017

Woroni Review of my book of poetry Songs for the Band Unformed

Songs for the Band Unformed reflects a broad scope of modern Australian life, exploring the personal, the political, and often tying the two together with a dark sense of humour. Passant, with his inviting poetic style, has successfully produced a collection that can appeal to even those, like me, with an ingrained apprehension towards poetry.


One Nation and the potential for fascism in Australia

One Nation employs conspiracy theories to create divisions. This may help fuel the rise of fascism in Australia, I write in Independent Australia.

Free speech for the 1%

Any debate about free speech in our society is really about free speech for the ruling class, I write in Independent Australia

To read the whole article click here. Top class! Free speech is a fundamental right … but only for the ruling right

Malcolm Turnbull against Sally McManus

As Unions Australia say: When corporate power and greed is so out of control. When union members are hounded by a spiteful government. When our pay is cut and our safety net torn apart. When workers are dying. It’s time to resist. SHARE if you think it’s time for fairness again. #resistaus Or as Jenna […]


Retreating I can no longer be outgoing, I am retreating from the world, Knowing its horrors Forces me within Are they outside or in? The empathy that kills, kills The love that loves does, too The drunken haze of other days Returns, without the drink This is for you That makes me think Euripides was […]

A mythical land

A mythical land All praise our myths For they are ours Grown old, stiffed Lying rivers rage White lies our lie Raging torrents the truth Brave founders arrive Genocide befores The joy of fatal shores Brave ANZACs protect Fake freedoms In foreign deaths Fair go, mate It did, and went Victory, their class hate Let […]

Break unjust laws to cut the working week

Newly elected ACTU secretary Sally McManus was right to say we should break unjust laws, and I know exactly which to start with – Labor’s Fair Work regime.

To read the whole article in Independent Australia click here.

Racism did not die with Bill Leak

Bill Leak may have been the poster boy for “free speech” anti-Section 18C nutters, but his death has not heralded the end of racism and bigotry, I write in Independent Australia.

An Awesome night of poetry and song

I’m excited to announce my collaboration with musical duo The Awesome.

My strength weakens me

My strength weakens me   Caught in the cusp of life My strength weakens me Not only ageing But disappearing It is not my time And will not be   What was strong is weak What was weak is weaker I am the wikileaks of life A leaker, Of insights unseen Of analysis has-been To […]