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October 2021



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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 'Poems'

We will win – a poem

We will win   The walk labours while the talk continues, Not the marathon man But a trier, caught between the finish and the end To try more steps, some day When the body permits Or to remember the rays And the steps of yesterdays   Modern man and woman make miracles Of medicines that […]


Whose broken is this? and other poems

My next book of poetry, ‘Whose broken is this? and other poems’ will be available very soon. I go into hospital on Friday lunchtime for a femoral intramedullary nail. So in my more lucid moments after that I will post details of availability, how you can buy signed copies, price etc etc. John

The lifeboat – a poem

I am become a tablet A pill to kill the enemy within Out damn spot rages nightly And every day Where hope abandons hope And grows again A gain that walks better today But not so well tomorrow Tottering between pain and moving   Out damn sorrow and take with you The filth that spews […]

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 […]

Signed copies of my first book of poetry

In all the excitement about the contract for my second book of poetry arriving recently, I forgot to mention that you can still buy signed copies of my first book, Songs for the Band Unformed. Here is a link to do that through Independent Australia.

‘Whose broken is this?’

The proofs for my second book of poetry turned up today. I am going through them now. There is not very much to change at all. ‘Whose broken is this?’ will hopefully be available in a few months.

Three in the morning thanks the pen – a poem

Chocolate and tea at 3 In the morning Does not help Facebook news Does not help Maybe the sleep that cannot be Might   But the mind is tight From yesterday’s struggles Bureaucracy wins All the time Over heart, and mind The two things it does not have   But I do I do, A […]

Our world is coming

Our world is coming I am a socialist of the heart The heart? My heart I have read Marx and Engels Lenin and Trotsky And Luxemburg And those who follow in their footsteps Their slow, winding steps, To the Cliff of revolution Away and to From and to Always to Never reaching to Sometimes close […]

Conversation With A Tax Collector About Poetry

Conversation With A Tax Collector About Poetry – Vladimir Mayakovsky [1926]

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.