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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)

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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Tag: Economics

Real tax reform: a love letter to Ken Henry

We should look at taxation through the eyes of the working class. Tax labour lightly and capital heavily.

The Left, internet filtering and missing the point

The Left should encourage and join workers to fight for their jobs and livelihoods, and so help defend and extend our freedoms.

An early election

When Labor votes in the House of Representatives against the Senate amended Fair Work Bill, it is a clear sign there will be an early election. Unemployment is going to skyrocket over the next year (if not earlier) and Labor wants to do anything to avoid voter anger over that. Given 3 month Constitutional requirements – […]

Booze, bingeing and bullshit

Let’s get drunk on our power, not their poison.

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 […]

Make-believe anti-semitism: the last refuge of Zionism

It is a vile lie to call me or Socialist Alternative anti-semitic. A democratic and secular Palestine for all who want to live there is our vision for the Middle East.

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 […]

Business tax avoidance bias?

The Ken Henry review of taxation will look into alleged revenue bias in the Australian Tax Office. I wonder if Ken will also look at the (alleged!) anti-taxpaying bias among business?

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 […]

Unemployed first home owners?

As unemployment rises, where will the money come from for new first home owners to pay the mortgage?