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October 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 October, 2017

In defence of Barnaby Joyce – sort of

  Barnaby Joyce’s High Court expulsion from Parliament is just a byproduct of the Constitution’s racist Section 44, says John Passant in Independent Australia


I did nothing today – a poem

I did nothing today Because I am lazy So the busybodies say Yet Marx proclaims The joys of laziness Drive us to find Better ways to do things Without labour And all the rotten things That flow from that Under capitalism For workers Like unemployment And for the bosses Falling profit rates I did nothing […]

Who will replace Malcolm Turnbull?

It is only a matter of time till Malcolm Turnbull is replaced as leader. The question is, who will replace him?  My thoughts, in Independent Australia.

It’s a Harvey Weinstein world

  Old white men dominate our news, our economy, our politics and our lives. Harvey Weinstein is but the latest example of rich white male ruling-class overlordship. Me in Independent Australia today. Weinstein exercised his power in society to prey on women. He could only do so – and go unchallenged for decades – because […]

Farewell young man – a poem

Farewell young man – a poem prompted by the death of a young Aboriginal man in Kalgoorlie in August 2016. In the blacklight dark That is my country White men suit Themselves to rule Shining in their world Of fading fools While young boys lie Hooded in our prisons And boys on bikes die From […]

The Chanters – a poem

The chanters I have retreated Not to the mountains But to the conurbation That mass of humanity Spreading itself across the land And the sea We cannot forget the sea For it does not forget us Or those Who wave the tide away Which is what we all do Do we not? When reality imposes […]

What NXT? The froth and bubble that is Nick Xenophon

Nick Xenophon is a self-interested show pony, who may win votes in South Australia but will never fix anything, says John Passant in Independent Australia.

Sport is politics

Sport is a reflection of society and attempting to suppress a song about love is a very political move, I write in Independent Australia.