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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)



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Photos of John

Patricia woke up this morning (Saturday the 11th) with the words of Joe Hill playing in her mind. I dreamed, I saw Joe Hill last nightAlive as you and meSays I “But Joe, you’re ten years dead”“I never died” says he“I never died” says he And standing there, as big as lifeAnd smiling with his […]


Remembering John Passant

11 November 1953 to 5 April 2020 A man of emotionsOf guesses at lifeWatering the strifeTo negate the hateAnd blossom the love              excerpt from Understanding by John Passant Sadly John passed away peacefully on 5 April with Patricia at his side. Husband to Patricia, father to Michael and Louise and brother of Paul. Passionate challenger […]

The barbed wire deepens – a poem

The barbed wire deepens Twisting the torn, Skin born of other things, Of fear, 0Of hate, Abuse mailed in bullets, While geese step their way Round the bodies Of our living, and their dead   The night darkens day, Infiltrates the future Where spies gather us For their uses Sluices on the waterway Of life […]

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Review: John Passant’s Songs for the Band Unformed

In Independent Australia Sara Moss reviews IA contributor John Passant’s book of poetry, Songs for the Band Unformed, a passionate reflection on politics and love.

Songs for the Band Unformed

  You can buy signed copies of Songs for the Band Unformed, my first book of poetry, via the Independent Australia Online Store. As that site says:   John Passant released his first book of poetry, Songs for the Band Unformed (Ginninderra Press 2016).   The poems are a mix of the personal and the […]

A last minute Christmas present?

  Looking for a Christmas present for someone interested in poetry? And a leftie? My book Songs for the Band Unformed may or may not be your answer.   You can buy a signed copy or copies from the Independent Australia online shop. But you will have to be quick if you want a signed […]

Unite to fight systemic violence

In Independent Australia on Tuesday I discuss the recent tragedies of Orlando and the Jo Cox murder and the systemic violence behind these and other violent incidents.

The History of Taxation is Written in Letters of Blood and Fire

Abstract Tax, war, democracy and rebellion intertwine down the ages. In this paper I introduce readers to the reasons why tax history is important and the concepts underpinning later articles. The four tax history articles that will be published in total over the next four issues (from September 2016 to June 2017) will look at […]

John Passant is unwell

I am unwell again. I won’t be posting much, other than perhaps links to other articles and short comments.