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October 2018



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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)



Uni strikes – a letter to the editor

This was published in today’s Canberra Times.

Support for uni strike

The forthcoming strike at the University of Canberra highlights a reality not often mentioned in discussions of higher education. (“Canberra Uni staff to strike for first time in decade’, October 11, p3) Our universities are built on the unpaid labour of their workers.

A survey by the National Tertiary Education Union for example showed lecturers worked on average about 50 hours a week. This is 12 hours a week above the average 38-hour week. For higher-ranked academics, the numbers were even higher.

The assistant professor system at UC is designed to force academic staff to work long, long hours on the off chance of becoming permanent employees, and normalising in those who survive this tortuous process the new reality of 60-hour working weeks.

These extra hours are unpaid and inhumane. The short-term solution to me seems obvious. The NTEU could campaign for overtime to be paid to all staff who work more than 38 hours a week. The longer-term solution is to properly fund universities so staff do not have to work long unpaid hours.

My best wishes to the striking workers at the University of Canberra. I support you in your campaign to reclaim your humanity.

John Passant, 


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