My agenda for our new government

This is the agenda for the new government.

1) Balanced Budgets, Easing of Business Regulations and a Sharp Reduction in Public Spending

Modern macro, that teaches that spending, of itself, is the basis for economic growth, higher employment and rising wages is not just wrong, but if you think about it, cannot possibly be true. Spending on non-value-adding projects lowers real incomes and uses up our capital base in producing output with less value than the resources that have been used up. Governments should of course continue to offer welfare, but the fact that not everything can be afforded should be at the very forefront of every policy declaration. The fact of the matter is that governments are very poor at choosing which projects to back and their management of any form of investment is wildly profligate. The greater the level of public sector “investment” the more slowly the economy will grow and the slower the improvement in public welfare and real earnings.

2) Not Just Forget About Paris but there should be an Active Return to Fossil Fuels and Perhaps Even the Introduction of Nuclear Power

Climate change Anthropogenic global warming is a theory with very little evidence of its validity. To base our power generation on some madcap idea that we will be saving the planet at some unknown date in the future by savaging our industry, raising the cost of production in Australia and lowering our standard of living is a form of masochistic economic suicide that should be ended right now.

3) Sharp Reduction in Migrant Numbers

Irrespective of where migrants may originate, we cannot keep bringing in the numbers we are importing, even if every one of them began to work the day they arrived. Our infrastructure is not designed for the massive numbers who are coming to Australia to share in our wealth. It is with certainty that during the short- to medium-term, migrants reduce our per capital standard of living. We have a very tiny number of jobs that cannot be filled domestically by our existing population, and even then the price mechanism will efficiently sort out where our labour should go, and will do this by raising real wages. Migrant numbers keep real wage growth low, partly because of the competition provided by these additional numbers, and partly because migrants use up resources that they have not themselves contributed to the production of themselves.

4) Migration including the Taking of Refugees Must be Based on Cultural Compatibility of Potential Migrants with our Existing Population

Not every person who wishes to come to Australia has either the skill base to join our workforce or the cultural traits that will allow them to fit into out communities, even assuming that is what they wish to do. The international evidence of cultural incompatibilities is overwhelming. So is the domestic evidence.

5) Continue to Stop the Boats

This is The Coalition’s big strength. Not only must this continue, but more pressure must be put on Labor to stake out what they would do. You cannot trust the ALP on this, and this needs to be a big part of what is done to alert the community to the differences between the political philosophies of our major parties. Nor is it even a sign of compassion on their part. They do this to bring in voting numbers. It is political power that is sought and nothing else.

6) Defence of Western Civilisation

We are part of Western Civilisation, whose major traits include a degree of tolerance found in no other civilisation on the planet. We are a community that evolves through innovation and open discussion of which free speech is only one element but an essential one. We should make sure everyone who lives in our community understands and values the heritage from which the West has risen.

There is more to it than this, but this is where they should start.

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59 Responses to My agenda for our new government

  1. jjf

    Couldn’t agree more.

    A few more
    – deregulation of universities with HECS to be limited to 1 degree and a 10 year repayable loan to be treated as a tax debt
    – massive cuts to foreign aid
    – limits to the ABC, plus the divestment of the radio arm
    – abolish the AHRC

  2. Ivan Denisovich

    Their ABC and SBS to continue as per normal, or does that fall under sharp reduction in public spending?

  3. Real life entrepreneur

    Let’s start exporting all migrants. Canadians first. They are shocking bludgers who spend their life sucking on taxpayers and generally avoiding real work.

  4. Infidel Tiger

    Apart from point 5 the Liberal Party reject all of that.

  5. .

    Modern macro, that teaches that spending, of itself, is the basis for economic growth, higher employment and rising wages is not just wrong, but if you think about it, cannot possibly be true.

    The problem is that it isn’t modern at all. Hayek and Mises debunked Keynes back in the 1930s and empirical research has gainsaid the General Theory of Keynes since the 1950s, even before the rational expectations model of Muth (1960). Kydland and Prescott’s business cycle model is very good and should be what is taught with some Austrian insights.

  6. Michael

    Hi Mr Kates,

    In your book, ‘Free Market Economics’, you devote very little attention to the metric ‘GDP per head of population’. Why is this so?

    Thank you Sir.

    Michael

  7. stackja

    Will enough voters support cutting spending?

  8. Which political party are you talking about?

  9. pete m

    1. ndis – capped spending and limited disabilities covered.

    2. nbn – full review. remove requirement nbn to recoup spending as it puts prices too high – have a 5 year remit to get maximum takeup. Demand rollout completion be advanced to 2020. Sell it back to Telstra for a loss and stay the hell away from comm infrastructure ever again

    3. health – RC into specialists charges and hospital charges. bring in range of fees they can charge and if go over need to put it in writing to client and be able to justify based on exceptional circumstances. private hospitals to match public for nurses per patient and access to full suite of aides – eg simple burn bandages they use crappy $10 ones when really need $50 ones – no-one tells you better off in public for right bandages / post op care (eg 1 nurse covers 10 or more patients post op private – in public it is 1 on 1).

    4. welfare – boost dole but have it time limited to 2 years, then must take up govt funded place for education / learning / job skills or employment.

    5. defence – kill off subs purchase if possible. Replace with 5 jap subs / 5 nuclear us ones and be done with it. Kill off JS airplane. Buy a few migs just for laughs.

    6. all qangos dismissed. all transferred to relevant minister to make the decisions they buckpassed away.

    7. abc to be transitioned to private over 5 years.

  10. sabena

    jjf,you need to be careful about treating HECS as a tax debt.If you do,you could end up with bankruptcy for non payers and there may be those who treat bankruptcy as a deliberate way of getting out of their HECS obligations.Remember the furore over the conduct of some NSW barristers and their tax debts?

  11. Rossini

    5) Continue to Stop the Boats
    It would seem that we are not doing so well.

  12. Pete of Perth

    8) Audit the BOM

  13. H B Bear

    Pissing into the wind. How does one out of six sound? Oops a boat – make that none out of six.

  14. min

    I would like to challenge your statement that Climate change is a theory, there is plenty of evidence to support that Clinate has always changed . Greenlanders viewing the ruins of their first cathedral 1126, may disagree. Vikings set up a colony there in 900s during the medieval warming ,they raised cattle and paid taxes to the pope sent children back to Denmark for schooling and then the climate changed again.
    Unfortunately this confuses everyone and we are called skeptics, what we argue is that the science is not settled, only hypotheses out there and some falsifications .Plenty of observable evidence over 2000 years to show sun activity or lack of influences the climate. No consensus that CO2 involved.
    Holocene , Roman and medieval warming periods all warmer than now . If you need evidence I can send you some

  15. Tom

    No wonder our Pig State ruling class, including the LNP goat rodeo in Canberra, is so anxious to deplatform truth-tellers like Mark Latham:

    Two-thirds of the jobs created under the Coalition Govt have gone to newly-arrived migrants. 3/4 of full-time jobs.
    Big immigration numbers are artificially pumping up nominal GDP, but also ensuring the economy is not working for the people who live here now.

    If the proletariat had a news media looking out for their interests and wasn’t their enemy, we’d be on the brink of revolution.

  16. A Lurker

    Steve, it’s like you reached into my mind and pulled out my thoughts regarding the direction this ‘new’ Government should take.

    Of course they’ll ignore your good advice. After all, the so-called elite in Canberra think they know better than the rest of us.

  17. Iampeter

    1) Balanced Budgets, Easing of Business Regulations and a Sharp Reduction in Public Spending

    Yep, but the reason for this is not because “governments are bad at choosing” this or that.
    Not knowing the actual reasons for this makes your support for this paper thin, which we see from your later points that contradict this and how quickly you’ve folded on things like tariffs.
    Be honest, what you really want is a Dear Leader like a Trump to give you orders so you don’t have to think for yourself.

    2) Not Just Forget About Paris but there should be an Active Return to Fossil Fuels and Perhaps Even the Introduction of Nuclear Power

    Yep but this will be hard to do since the Liberals led the way from making fossil fuels noncompetitive to getting us into the Paris accords in the first place.

    3) Sharp Reduction in Migrant Numbers

    LOL, that’s as random as if you’d have said “sharp reduction in fossil fuel use”. Why?

    4) Migration including the Taking of Refugees Must be Based on Cultural Compatibility of Potential Migrants with our Existing Population

    Who gets to decide this? You?
    So much for free speech, freedom of association, individual rights in general, etc. etc. Remember how I said your support for the points you mention in item 1 were paper thin? Here we are.

    5) Continue to Stop the Boats

    Why not? I mean there’s no aspect of our lives the government doesn’t regulate already. Just stop pretending you want “Balanced Budgets, Easing of Business Regulations and a Sharp Reduction in Public Spending”. You clearly don’t.

    6) Defence of Western Civilisation

    Yes. Which is why people like you and those you vote for need to be fought as the number 1 priority.
    You know nothing about Western Civilization or the essential ideas that make it superior to all the others.
    All you want to do is regulate immigration which is what all politically illiterate and old school left wingers want.
    It wasn’t immigrants that created the climate office.
    It wasn’t immigrants that created the RET.
    It wasn’t immigrants that introduced the “baby bonus”, child care rebates, family tax benefits, etc, etc, basically built middle class welfare in this country.
    You can’t blame any of the disastrous policies that are actually destroying this country on border control

    In reality, no one has done more to destroy Western civilization out of total political, historical and philosophical ignorance than the conservative movement. If you aren’t fighting people who can post a hopeless list of total ignorance like this, then you aren’t on the side of Western Civilization anyway.

  18. .

    Who gets to decide this? You?

    My compromise with the conservatives is that we have five rules, subject to typical security, quarantine and criminal checks:

    1. A 100k fee per person.
    2. They speak English.
    3. They can pass a civics test.
    4. We limit eligibility to those who have an IQ at least one standard deviation above the Australian mean.
    5. They are ineligible for welfare until they are citizens, which takes at least 20 years, otherwise, they pay market prices for public services.

    Hardly any undesirables would come and immigration would drop significantly.

    I think we’d also quickly see that very few decent people want to come here; it might educate the public on changing some of the rules of the game.

  19. Rossini

    5. They are ineligible for welfare until they are citizens, which takes at least 20 years, otherwise, they pay market prices for public services.

    That would stop 95% of all immigration

    Good suggestion

  20. .

    That’s close to LDP policy but the policy is 10 years. Maybe it isn’t long enough.

    Do you understand how S.D. works? That IQ test would punt 84.1% off the bat.

  21. Rafe Champion

    min FFS Steve means dangerous climate change….

  22. Whalehunt Fun

    5. Immigrants do not get welfare. Their children do not get welfare. They do not get to access medicare. They pay an extra 10% income tax. They are not permitted to cook in any oil or fat other than Lard.

    Problem fixed.

  23. Death Giraffe

    The only thing this lot is going to do is trip over themselves into an open sewer and thrash about screaming, flinging shit everywhere before thankfully drowning and gifting government to Labor.

  24. cohenite

    Free tattoos on every arse!

  25. Tel

    5. They are ineligible for welfare until they are citizens, which takes at least 20 years, otherwise, they pay market prices for public services.

    They will instantly become eligible the moment a Green / ALP government walks in… and since this is well known, it’s already factored into the decision making. In a nutshell, it’s impossible to make any promise at all with respect to reducing government payments, until we hit the Greece / Venezuela budget crisis point.

    I’m not against the idea of putting forward some nice looking policy, but with trust at an all time low the only value in waving that around is to have some theoretical discussion. It’s bad enough that about three or four people are the upper limit on who even reads the policy; but even if perhaps a big ten or twenty people did manage to both read and understand LDP immigration policy, and by some miracle it got implemented, you have to seriously plan on the ALP changing every rule at the first opportunity.

    When we inevitably hit that sovereign debt crisis, the story will be, “You see as soon as John Howard was born in 1399 our budget became structurally unbalanced due to microscopic tax cuts… none of this is ever our fault and we are forced (forced!) to raid your Super funds”

  26. Death Giraffe

    It is time to stop importing people full stop.
    Start encouraging people to fuck off.
    Start by offering $10 000 for people to renounce citizenship and leave permanently.
    Raise it to $20 000 after a year and then $50 000 a year after that.
    How many mongs and stupid slags do you need to dig shit out of the ground and farm a barren continent full of green fuckwits?

  27. Squirrel

    Beneficial though it would be, any appreciable reduction in immigration will be more about smoke and mirrors than about reality.

    There’ll be lots of blather and big-spending announcements (as if we’ve not already had more than enough of both) about “congestion-busting infrastructure”, maybe a bit of cosmetic surgery to some components of the annual immigration intake, and a gimmick or two to help with housing “affordability” (which, in truth, will only serve to push up/prop up prices) but that will be it.

    For all the talk of innovation, free trade deals etc., the ‘Strayan economic model is overwhelmingly about over-priced domestic consumption by a largely captive market and that means the pressure for continued rapid population growth will be irresistible.

  28. H B Bear

    4. We limit eligibility to those who have an IQ at least one standard deviation above the Australian mean.

    Dotty your bow tie is spinning.

  29. .

    It would cut out 84.1% of potential migrants and we’d get more tradies than humanities grads.

  30. Mr Black

    The elimination of work sponsor and education visas too. Filling up cities with millions of “temporary” residents who are replaced by the same number of “temporary” residents in 3 or 4 years acts in practice to simply fill up cities with incompatible immigrants under another name.

  31. Exit Stage Right

    Australia
    RICHEST country in the world with natural resources.
    40% World Iron Ore Reserves
    30+% World Uranium (Bauxite) Reserves
    10+% World Coal Reserves (but mostly high quality black coal)
    At least 5% World Natural Gas Reserves
    At least 5% World Oil Reserves
    Not to mention gold, silver, lead, zinc, zircon, diamonds and many other precious metals
    Australia
    DUMBEST country in the world. Our Pollies say lets go with solar, wind and hot rocks. Can’t even build a dam anymore because of green requirements. Why do 8% of the population (7.95% of them city dwellers) hold the rest of the population to ransom? Come on Pollies, the economy should be flying.
    We have become so tangled up in green, UN, PC, Political manouvering and downright bastardry that we cannot move forward. Call me old fashioned, but shouldn’t we be using our God given natural assets to our financial advantage?
    I am afraid that we have not been endowed with the same amount of brain power as we have natural resources. Other countries would KILL for what we are sitting on.
    For Christ sake why can’t you political light weights see what the average Australian sees.
    Rant ends!

  32. Exit Stage Right

    I missed the biggest boondoggle of all in my rant- Climate change!

  33. Mr Black

    No immigrant may ever be a citizen nor may they ever vote nor hold any form of employment or elected office with any level of government. They get no say what so ever in the running or policy making of the government.

    No immigration visa is permanent, it is conditional upon good behaviour and assimilation into Australian culture. Fail to do so and you’re out.

    No immigrant may ever sponsor another immigrant, even as a spouse or family member. Children born here must be taken to the country of the parents birth and registered as citizens of that nation (as their parents can be deported, the children must also be able go with them). The children can apply to be citizens of Australia when they turn 18 and are no longer bound by their parents conduct.

    No person without year 10 level English is eligible to immigrate to Australia.

  34. min

    Rafe , I think the Vikings in Greenland found climate change in their day dangerous . The alarmists these days can see the devastation floods, earthquakes etc caused however when there were smaller populations , less infrastructure and not so much media coverage , perhaps the outcome appeared less drastic. Alarmists are talking temperature rises causing dangerous climate change also.

  35. NB

    Definitely time to crank up nuclear power.
    You’d think the rest of the points would be standard issue, but strangeness abounds.

  36. A Lurker

    I am afraid that we have not been endowed with the same amount of brain power as we have natural resources. Other countries would KILL for what we are sitting on.

    Soon enough some country will not just want to buy or lease the land and the rich resources…but rather claim it via invasion – and what will the Minister for Mincing Poodles do about that I wonder?

  37. Snoopy

    4. We limit eligibility to those who have an IQ at least one standard deviation above the Australian mean.

    Why don’t we just limit immigration to young single hot chicks?

  38. .

    Don’t forget our thorium reserves either.

  39. Exit Stage Right

    Thanks Dot,
    About 25% World Thorium Reserves.

  40. .

    It has been time to crank up nuclear power since the 1950s…

    In a way, this country is quite backwards.

  41. As a bit of a side issue, has anyone else noticed that those who are all for supporting refugees are totally against real refugees whose lives are being threatened ie South Africans. Russia is showing the world how to take care of genuine refugees and these refugees are more than likely to contribute to society rather than sponge of society.

  42. Iampeter

    That’s not a compromise dot, that’s a complete surrender.

    3. They can pass a civics test.

    No one today could write, let alone pass a civic test. Politics is basically a dead science. It would be like getting keynesians to write economic tests. Funny but pointless.

    4. We limit eligibility to those who have an IQ at least one standard deviation above the Australian mean.

    Yea…um, Nazi Germany just called and they said they want their idiot pseudoscience and racist ideas back. Kthx.
    Seriously, trust a libertarian to come up with an idea that’s even daffier than anything the hopeless conservatives are cooking up.

    Why don’t we just limit immigration to young single hot chicks?

    Finally someone talking sense.
    Young single hot chicks are an important value of Western Civilization after all.

  43. .

    Um, what’s racist about IQ tests?

    Michio Kaku would be in the top 1%, right?

    Thom. Sowell? Yep?

    Max Planck? Yep.

    Ramanujan? Yep?

    I don’t think they’re racist at all. I quite frankly don’t give a damn where the averages lie. That is dependent on culture and epigenetics.

    Seriously, trust a libertarian to come up with an idea that’s even daffier than anything the hopeless conservatives are cooking up.

    No, look how far some of them have taken it. Basically, citizenship after the second generation and their parents have to fly back “home” to get a legal personhood. Their parents and grandparents can never be citizens, even after being soaked for 40+ years with taxes.

    Because they can’t come out and say “no immigration please”.

  44. .

    No one today could write, let alone pass a civic test.

    No one? Not even you!?

  45. Tel

    Having a high IQ is Ljterally Hjtler (TM) and we don’t want that, now do we children?

    Hands up who can answer this math question. None of you? Not one person in class can answer a simple math question? Are we all sure about that?!? It’s the same question from the text book, seems no one bothered reading.

    Good… then we have made some Progress today.

  46. Iampeter

    No one? Not even you!?

    If those few of us who actually know what we are talking about and could write and pass civic tests, implemented the immigration policies many idiots are advocating then all the conservatives would be sent to the Middle East, where religious and traditionalist collectivists like them belong and all the progressives would be sent to North Korea and Venezuela, where all the socialist collectivists belong.
    Then there would be like ten of us left in all the West.

    It’s just not practical.

    On the hand, we’d keep all the single hot chics so maybe there’s something to this.

  47. Roger

    Better vote Australian Conservatives then, Steve.

  48. Roberto

    All those points are very sensible. And none will be enacted.

  49. Jo Smyth

    Now that the US has pulled out of Paris, it will probably die a death naturally. Merkel is already wobbly.

  50. max

    “1)Balanced Budgets, Easing of Business Regulations and a Sharp Reduction in Public Spending”

    “That’ll be the day!”

    “2)Not Just Forget About Paris but there should be an Active Return to Fossil Fuels and Perhaps Even the Introduction of Nuclear Power”

    

The new Liberal government in South Australia has pledged to end Labor’s taxpayer-funded “experiments” in energy,

    Steven Marshall has been sworn in as South Australia’s 46th Premier at Government House in Adelaide.

    Any change Yet?

    “3)Sharp Reduction in Migrant Numbers”

    who is going to pay for political promises?
    what is going to happen to house prices?


    “4)Migration including the Taking of Refugees Must be Based on Cultural Compatibility of Potential Migrants with our Existing Population”

    

Ha,Ha Ha –trusting Government bureaucrats

    “5)Continue to Stop the Boats”

    

as long as you have incentives for people to come they will; 
easy access to citizenship and easy welfare system

    “6)Defence of Western Civilization”

    lost long time ago with suffrage — the right to vote in political elections given to any one, even people without skin in the game.


  51. Gary

    With the exception of my wife hot chicks like free stuff so your plan is has a fatal flaw Boys.

  52. Gary

    Dots IQ proposal reveals allot about those claiming it as being racist. Its an endorsement of racial differences nothing less.

  53. It’s amazing to see the support some libertarians make for unrestricted immigration. Sorry, we are not going to listen to you even if you unreservedly admitted communists, socialists, etc. in your organizations and allowed them to fill its various offices.

  54. old bloke

    Steve Kates for Prime Minister.

    I’m in agreement with all your points.

  55. Habib

    My agenda for the new government- Jonestown. And maybe some Heaven’s Gate to be sure.

  56. Chris M

    2) Not Just Forget About Paris

    Twas only a few years back that Paris schemed to blow up the Greenpeace vessel, now we have come full circle and wish Mr Trump would rain tomahawk missiles on the Paris climate con artists.

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