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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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Stats sacks staff

According to Satuday’s Canberra Times, the Australian Bureau of Statistics has begun to carry out its decision to sack 180 staff.  This week 31 learned they are going. More will get the boot in the coming weeks. My union, the CPSU, has done nothing but talk. Only mass meetings of all CPSU members to consider indefinite strike […]

Democracy is a funny thing

In Canberra the local Labor Party changed its rules to disenfranchise the Community and Public Sector Union.

Public servants: get thee to a tannery

The Budget is on 12 May. Labor Ministers are positioning themselves to blame others for the brutal attacks on living standards they are preparing.

Should the Commissioner of Taxation resign?

The ATO is a John Howard organisation. Let history judge its success in dealing with the Great Recession.

The plot sickens: the public sector union and affiliation to Labor

Public servants need to organise independently of Kevin Rudd’s agents in their union leadership to defend their jobs.

Labor culling the Public Service

Labor’s public service jobs cull so far: 150 from Geoscience Australia; 180 from the Australian Bureau of Statistics; 800 from Immigration; A possible 3000 or more from the ATO; and An unknown number from Medicare. Isn’t it time for public servants to fight back against Labor’s jobs’ slaughter? If you have any additions or updates for Labor’s job cull, let […]

Geoscience Australia loses its way

150 jobs – that’s how many contractors this financial year won’t have their contracts renewed at Geoscience Australia.   It means 20 percent of the workforce won’t be there after 30 June.  The agency has also frozen recruitment and new equipment purchases. Why?  Declining budgets now and into the future. In other words the Rudd Labor […]

Tax and the naked tide

A drover’s dog can collect revenue in a boom. But with the tide going out we will see who is naked in the ATO leadership.

Il Globo, the Tax Office and me

There was an interesting interview with Michael D’Ascenzo, the Commissioner of Taxation in Australia, in Il Globo recently. Here is part of the interview with Michael.  A former assistant commissioner, John Passant, recently described the office as dominated by people who were too old and hostage to a “detail fetish” where they should be thinking big. […]

Medicare sackings?

Is Medicare about to sack hundreds of its staff?