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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 May, 2019

Labor’s lesser evilism is still evil

On Wednesday night, the leaders of the two major parties debated how best to manage Australian capitalism. One showed a little compassion, tempered by continued cruelty to asylum, seekers and refugees. The other talked about budget costs, taxes and strong borders. Both leaders promised to continue to be tough on refugees and asylum seekers. Shorten […]

In defence of a Liberal candidate supposedly under a dual citizenship cloud

I agree with the Liberal candidate in one of Canberra’s three electorates, Mina Zaki. Let’s stop the demands about her citizenship and eligibility to stand for Parliament. She deserves to stand. She is an Australian citizen.  Let’s believe what she says. Hang on, you might ask. Why is a socialist defending a Liberal? It is […]

Contribute to help keep John Passant reporting from the Canberra Press Gallery

En Passant is one of the most left wing blogs in Australia. Commenting intelligently on issues that arise in Australian and international politics from a revolutionary perspective, it aims to provoke debate and discussion among more left wing and socialist readers and activists. Its aim is to arm left wing readers with arguments against the […]

What is negative gearing, and what is Labor proposing?

Negative gearing just means an investments ongoing deductible costs are greater than its income. In other words the investment is losing money. Many types of property can be negatively geared. The most obvious example is a rental property. Let me use that as an example. Say I borrow $1 million dollars to purchase a property […]

Art and revolution – a poem

Can art fuel a revolution? Are poems art? Are words enough? The lived experience The falling value of labour The precipice of profit Before we fall off Or rather it falls away A landslide of lives lost At what cost? Not in dollars But in our lives And then the dollars, our dollars Not yours […]

The left in Australia, Assange, and sexism

Can we on the left chew gum and walk at the same time? When it comes to Julian Assange it appears for many the answer is no. Of course, we have to oppose Assange being extradited to the US.  The major imperialist power wants to punish him for his service to humanity in revealing, yet […]

Candidates resign – racism and Islamophobia remain

Jessica Whelan and her Islamophobia is not an aberration. She reflects the views of many Australians. She reflects the views of many Liberal Party voters. She represents a growing force in the Liberal Party itself. To recap. Whelan was accused of an anti-Muslim Facebook post. She claimed her post had been hacked. Prime Minister Scott […]

Our prize – a poem

Our prize I win no prizesNot even the packersI have some backersWho love live wordsThose words that catch the mindHalf formed, in front,Behind, The display of everydayWritten in another languageNot babbling booksOr winter waterBut the past glanceThe calm that enhancesThe daily grind and finds A secret mind, a placeOf peaceUnlike this worldOf war, coups, arms […]

Election 2019 – capital gains tax reforms

Labor has announced a few tax proposals. Let’s have a go at explaining the capital gains tax changes. Until 1985, capital gains in Australia were not taxed. As any tax economist will tell you, capital gains are income. As any tax lawyer will tell, the judges say they aren’t.   When Keating made net gains […]