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Decentralising income tax to the States and Territories – forthcoming interview

March 30, 2016 - 11:39 -- Admin

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.

Notebook poems – part one

March 29, 2016 - 20:20 -- Admin

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

Our bombs are love – again

March 29, 2016 - 19:46 -- Admin

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,
We can
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

In the grave of no

March 25, 2016 - 18:04 -- Admin

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

Can we make 18 April a day of protest for unions and against the ABCC?

March 22, 2016 - 20:44 -- Admin

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.

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