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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)

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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


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Tag: Morrison government

Morrison Government takes fearmongering to another level

By John Passant | 11 March 2019, 7:00am | Independent Australia It was just another week of lies from the Morrison Government, kickstartedthis week by Energy Minister Angus Taylor. There he was, straight-faced, telling Barrie Cassidy on Insiders that greenhouse gas emissions were falling. Cassidy kept on producing facts that showed that contrary to Taylor’s claims, emissions had actually increased over […]


Coalition ministers abandon the sinking ship

By John Passant | 4 March 2019, 7:00am |  Independent Australia With news of yet more ministers retiring at the forthcoming election, it’s beginning to look a lot like 2013 I write in Independent Australia. In 2013, a number of senior Labor people, including ministers, announced that after many years of service, they would not be contesting […]

Julie Bishop and the Liberal Party women

By John Passant | 25 February 2019, 7:00am |  Independent Australia It was Julie Bishop’s farewell. She was Australia’s first female Foreign Minister but what were her achievements in the role? Cosying up to Saudi Arabia and its war crimes in Yemen? Keeping our lapdogs in Nauru and Papua New Guinea well fed? Downplaying on the global […]

From Manus and Medevac to mates’ rates

Bill Shorten has backflipped on Medevac for refugees and asylum seekers imprisoned without charge on Manus Island and Nauru. Last week, Labor supported the Bill to bring sick people from these two concentration camps to Australia, but watered it down to limit its application to those already on the two islands. Then this Tuesday, the […]

Paladin: Closed tenders and shady dealings

The Paladin Group is a small company with a shack on Kangaroo Island – until last week – as its head office. After all the media interest, as well as a PO Box in Singapore, Paladin now has an office in Canberra. The phone might even work. According to its website, Paladin is ‘… a leading provider of project support services in the Asia-Pacific.’ These […]

The Morrison Government: Teetering around the edges of governance – my full article from Independent Australia

By John Passant | 18 February 2019, 7:00am |  The defeat of the Government on the Medivac Bill is the potential precursor to its defeat in the upcoming election, writes Canberra correspondent John Passant. Last week in Parliament (12 February) the Government was defeated on the ‘Medical Evacuations Bill‘ and Question Time became the “longest in history” to avoid debate on a […]

The Morrison Government: Teetering around the edges of governance

The defeat of the Government on the Medevac Bill is the potential precursor to its defeat in the upcoming election, writes Canberra correspondent John Passant. Click here to read the whole article

The Morrison Government – avoiding parliamentary scrutiny and defeat is its main game

Thursday in Parliament House was another momentous day. The Prime Minister tabled the 11th  Closing the Gap report in Parliament in the morning. It showed that far from improving, the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are going backwards compared to the rest of us. Last year we were on track to meet 3 […]

No one is buying the Coalition’s neoliberal message

Despite tax cuts and an ongoing fear campaign, the Coalition Government is gone, writes Independent Australia Canberra correspondent John Passant. To read the article click here.,12319

The St Kilda aftermath: Fascists and mainstream politicians

The St Kilda aftermath: Fascists and mainstream politiciansIn the wake of the St Kilda rally, John Passant explores the ways in which fascism is creeping into our government. You can read the full article by clicking here.