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June 2021



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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: poetry

Our socialism or their barbarism? – a poem

The words, the article, the politics Cannot write tonight The not right of campaigns The pain of lies, untruths, sales By the men and women with snake oil Greasing our minds With thoughts to supposedly explain Our economic insecurity as gain But exploitation is insecure Systemically, crises are its cure, Unplanned, undemocratic Men in suits […]


Art and revolution – a poem

Can art fuel a revolution? Are poems art? Are words enough? The lived experience The falling value of labour The precipice of profit Before we fall off Or rather it falls away A landslide of lives lost At what cost? Not in dollars But in our lives And then the dollars, our dollars Not yours […]

Our prize – a poem

Our prize I win no prizesNot even the packersI have some backersWho love live wordsThose words that catch the mindHalf formed, in front,Behind, The display of everydayWritten in another languageNot babbling booksOr winter waterBut the past glanceThe calm that enhancesThe daily grind and finds A secret mind, a placeOf peaceUnlike this worldOf war, coups, arms […]

Review of CD and book launch ‘Whose broken is this?

Whose Broken Is This ? CD and Book launch review by Leanne Wicks published poet, artist and historian. “Through the bookcase door of Beyond Q on Saturday 30th March flourished a provoking fusion of poetry and music. Canberra poet, John Passant and Mallacoota duo Jim Horvath and Milena Cifali aka ‘The Awesome’, launched their book […]

Review: John Passant’s Whose broken is this? and other poems

John Passant has packed 58 remarkable poems into the 108 pages of his second volume of poems, Whose broken is this? and other poems, writes Paul Burger in Independent Australia. On the one hand, this heroic anthology reveals great contemplation of his personal life. On the other hand, it is an outspoken anthology which reveals […]

Vote for my poetry book ‘Whose broken is this?’ in Dymocks top 101 books of 2018

Want to do me a favour AND have a chance at winning a $101 Dymocks bookvoucher? 1. Go to this site: Scroll to the bottom where it says “Got a favourite not on our list? Search for it here”.3. Start typing “Whose broken is this?”.4. When my book of poems called Whose broken is this? […]