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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)



Tag: Morrison government

Scott Morrison – from Mother’s Day to deporting mums

Marx famously thought there was a difference between appearance and reality. It was what drove him to look into the real workings of capitalism, a system of exploitation of workers. Our current election campaign is showing that appearance and reality distinction up.  Now, don’t worry, I am not going to talk about deep philosophical matters […]


Women as support acts in the Liberal Party

If there was ever any confirmation needed that the Liberals and the Nationals see women as props to rich men’s politics, the Liberals’ election launch on Sunday confirmed it. Canberra Press Gallery member John Passant reports. There was Prime Minister Scott Morrison, surrounded by three generations of women from his family – his mother, his […]

Election 2019: Preferences – fools rush in

Liberal Party Prime Minister Scott Morrison and billionaire wannabe re-minted politician Clive Palmer have struck a preference deal. The Liberals will preference Clive Palmer’s aptly named United Australia Party, ahead of Labor. It is aptly named because it is a return to the 1930s, when the UAP was the party of Lyon and Menzies. In […]

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