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If you want to keep a blog that makes the arguments every day against the ravages of capitalism going and keeps alive the flame of democracy and community, make a donation to help cover my costs. And of course keep reading the blog. To donate click here. Keep socialist blog En Passant going. More... (4)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (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
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

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Too poor for the stimulus package

My friend Brian is too poor to receive the $900 stimulus payment. Last financial year Brian was working but earnt less than $11,000. This means that, even though he lodged a tax return, because he was below the effective tax free threshold and thus paid no tax on his income, he doesn’t get the $900. And the […]

Jobs being slashed, but bosses paying themselves millions

In a recent article in Socialist Alternative Louise O’Shea argues that workers rights should come before profits, and if that means operating companies at a loss, or booting out the management altogether, then that is what should happen. Such actions could be part of a wider fight for a society where profitability is no longer […]

The spectre of unemployment

A spectre is haunting Australia; the spectre of unemployment. Last month in Australia unemployment went up from 4.8 percent to 5.2 per cent. There are now 590,000 unemployed. The rate of unemployment among 15 to 19 year olds looking for full time work is a little under 24 per cent. There will be at a minimum […]

When workers walk – 16 March 2009

When workers walk (www) is a weekly round-up of some of the actions workers around the world are taking or proposing to take to defend themselves. It is drawn heavily from LabourStart and various left wing and socialist magazines such as Socialist Alternative in Australia or Socialist Worker in the UK.  There was some very useful information too […]

Emissions trading: a pollution and profits bonanza

Labor’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme is about profits for the polluters, not cutting greenhouse gas emissions, Liz Ross argues in the latest edition of Socialist Alternative. Rudd’s done it again! One more broken promise. Remember when Labor said they’d tear up WorkChoices – well we’ve got WorkChoices-not-so-lite instead and they kept all the “special” laws […]

The Peter Garrett Good Government Guide – An Oily Analysis

Ive used the lyrics from some of Midnight Oil’s songs to measure the worth of the Rudd Government.  Peter Garrett is (or technically was) the Oils’ lead singer. They have re-formed briefly for some bushfire relief concerts this weekend. Garrett’s day job is as the Minister for Environment, Heritage and the Arts in Rudd’s Labor Government. Here are some […]

Labor will dexter the public service

Lindsay Tanner will not take a meat axe to the public service. He’ll dexter it. Although the techniques are very different, the results are the same. Tanner will destroy public service jobs, programs and lives. In Long-term sustainable growth, a speech Tanner gave to the National Press Club on 11 March, the Minister for Finance said: The Rudd Government inherited an […]

Welcome to the Great Recession

We are entering the Great Recession.  These are the words of Dominique Strauss-Kahn, head of the International Monetary Fund, not some minor pamphleteer on the web. The IMF predicts global growth this year will fall, possibly by half a percent. Only six months ago the prediction was 4.5 percent growth. In fact, according to ABC […]

A real Irish republic

The ‘real’ IRA killed two British policemen the other night. In the short term the RIRA wants to derail the peace process, a process which has seen Sinn Fein become an integral part of the Northern Ireland Government. Ultimately the RIRA’s goal is a united Ireland. Killing coppers won’t get them there. It will drive the Sinn […]

Australian unions: all ads, no action

Amidst the greatest economic crisis since the 1930s, the ACTU gives us pathetic grovelling ads.