Philip Clark, presenter on Canberra and region ABC Radio, 666, will interview me on Friday morning at 7.15 am about the Turnbull government’s proposal to give the States and Territories the ability to impose income tax or set rates. The details of the proposal are not yet clear.
Articles from En Passant
The Great Barrier Reef is one of the wonders of the natural world. It is iconic, a reef that for many Australians is part of the essential Australia.
Climate change is destroying it. The National Coral Bleaching Taskforce recently undertook an aerial survey of the northern part of the Reef.
These are caught moments I wrote in my small notebooks. I will add to them in separate posts over time before bringing them together in one post.
Will no one sing my songs?
Will no one sing my songs
Put music to the word
Make them of the heard
And shout them to the heart?
(c) John Passant 29 March 2016
On being unfree
I wrote this back in October. It remains relevant still.
Our bombs are love
Our bombs are the bombs of your freedom
Raining down our reign
On all, the children, women, men,
Enjoy our freedom in your grave
With your missing body parts
This is our art
Their bombs are the enemy of freedom
Raining hate upon your land
Sowing cemeteries so you understand
The difference in the dead and maimed
For the centenary of the Easter Rising of 1916 I republish Shaun Harkin’s account of the life of Irish Marxist and revolutionary James Connolly. First published in Socialist Worker US in 2007 it was republished recently in Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st century.
In the grave of no
We had long nights in common
Separate days our sentence
It was the sweet entrance I found in you
To love’s physicality
And the pleasure of the two for me
That doomed us, roomed alone,
I rushed too quick from your throne
Richard Seymour in Salvage asks the question ‘What is your solution, then? Or, to put it another way, what if there is no solution to the Daesh massacres?’
Part of his answer is here.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull got the Governor-General to prorogue Parliament and recall it for 3 weeks from 18 April to consider the anti-union and anti-building worker Australian Building and Construction Commission.
The time is opportune to send a message to the crossbench Senators to join with Labor and The Greens in opposing this draconian and anti-union legislation.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has outmanoeuvred the too clever by half Greens. He has got the Governor General to prorogue and recall the Parliament for 18 April to debate the anti-union Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC)Bill.