ga('send', 'pageview');
John Passant

Site menu:

October 2021



RSS Oz House



Subscribe to us

Get new blog posts delivered to your inbox.


Site search


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)



Tag: Australian National University

ANU’s ‘Western Civilisation’ decision: A festival of reaction for the rabid right

In Independent Australia I discuss whether ANU’s rejection of the Ramsay Centre’s proposal is evidence that it has sacrificed Western civilisation on the ‘Altar of Leftist Warriors’.


Accusations of anti-Semitism and the freedom to organise at ANU

Me in the ANU student newspaper Woroni online today.

‘It is not every day you get labelled a violent anti-Semite. But that is effectively what Woroni called me and other socialists when it published a piece called Anti-Semitism at the ANU on 11 March this year.’

Click here for my article.

Woroni: j’accuse – in defence of Socialist Alternative against accusations of anti-Semitism

As more and more people realise the apartheid nature of Israel and while ever the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign grows and contributes to that success, the louder and louder will the cries of anti-Semitism flow from those with an interest in defending the apartheid regime. They cannot rebut the substance of the arguments that show the apartheid nature of Israel so they resort to unsubstantiated assertions, lies and innuendos of the sort found in this cheap piece of gutter journalism. Woroni, j’accuse.

The ANU exposes the reality of Labor’s university cuts: cutting jobs and wages and increasing workloads

As the BLF used to say: ‘If you don’t fight, you lose.’ The stark choice facing students and staff at Universities today is to fight to defend higher education or to surrender.

Forthcoming ANU talks: Why Marx was right

There is an alternative to capitalism’s economic and environmental crises. It is socialism, a society organised democratically to satisfy human need. That can only come about by workers setting up their own democratic institutions to decide what to produce not for a profit but to address our needs as human beings.

Resisting the neoliberalisation of universities

As the experience in other countries shows, university staff and students can and have fought back against neoliberalism and the commodification of education. It is a lesson students and staff at Australian universities are going to have to learn if we want to stop the rule of the educational barbarians and the horrific consequences that flow and will flow from their ascendancy.

Defend the ANU School of Music; save the University

This union meeting on Monday will provide us the opportunity to consider what significant industrial action is now required to support our colleagues in the School of Music and all the other areas that are now clearly on Vice-Chancellor Ian Young’s economic rationalist hit-list.

Music School sackings just the start of ANU VC’s assault

The first step is for a large turnout to rallies, campaign committee and general meetings. We can spread the word about the seriousness of the situation as widely as possible and get as many people as possible to the protest next week and to the general NTEU (union) meeting when it occurs. From there we can plan a stop work meeting and prepare the ground for a campaign of industrial action.

Sackings at the Australian National University

The time to fight back against the cutters and destroyers of quality education is now. For students that means mass meetings and rallies and whatever may come out of that. For staff it means strikes. Stop work to save jobs. Stop work for quality education. Stop work to stop Vice- Chancellor Young.