Articles from En Passant
I went past my old school today
Saint John Vianney is its name
On that first day
59 years ago,
I ran away
I should have kept going
I remember the beatings, of others mainly
The angry nuns, the shouting
The fear of God,
Beaten in, always beaten in
With stories and the rod
If the aim of federal government policies is to increase affordability without decreasing house prices, then there is only one solution – allowing potential purchasers access to all their savings, including superannuation.
For Trump, Turnbull and others, Assad killing his own people is okay, as long as it’s not with chemical weapons because then it constitutes ‘war crimes’, I write in Independent Australia.
This is a poem/song from my recently published book of poetry Songs for the Band Unformed. I was prompted to post it in response to the Turnbull government winning $24 bn worth of cuts to company tax (with the Government hoping for $26 bn more of cuts) by doing deals with the cross bench of Xenophon and Hanson, among others.
The interim report of the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory is heading dangerously close to yet another ideological cul-de-sac.
As Martin Hirst says, among other things, in his wonderful article on rejoining the Canberra Press Gallery:
‘If I’m going back to Canberra, back to the Press Gallery and back into that depressing pit of ego, subterfuge and sucking up that is our Federal Parliament, I’m doing it for only one reason: To expose what goes on behind the curtain; not to be complicit in ensuring only the approved messages and approved images get past the gate-keepers.