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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)



Our prize – a poem

Our prize

I win no prizes
Not even the packers
I have some backers
Who love live words
Those words that catch the mind
Half formed, in front,

The display of everyday
Written in another language
Not babbling books
Or winter water
But the past glance
The calm that enhances
The daily grind and finds

A secret mind, a place
Of peace
Unlike this world
Of war, coups, arms and racing to disaster
Man made, and man made
Always man
Or women who have joined them

Their pictures on our walls
Not mine
Their words our books
Not mine
Their thoughts our thoughts
Not mine

My thinking unread, unsaid
Except to music and recorded
For my future

And yours
Read as well
Stop this hell
Of unwashed politicians
Lipsticking the corpse
Coursing the dead veins
Of yesterday’s men and women

These unforgiven
Live a century removed
From today
Another way seems impossible
Till it begins

And I win a prize
A read from you
That will do
And the nineteenth century men
Are sent away, for a fleeting time
A day

Until they rule again
Read, read against these men
And join the doing that ends their rule
The prize is not mine
It is ours

John Passant 
20 May 2019