Author Archives: Alan Moran

Government burns the economy: how to douse the flames

In appointing Stephen Kennedy as the Treasury Secretary, the government selected the bureaucrat behind Turnbull’s potentially disastrous carbon tax.  He was also a player in Kevin Rudd’s spendathon following the 2008 global financial crisis; unsurprisingly he has gone for a … Continue reading

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The deep green state’s control of energy policy

I have a piece in the Spectator, a synopsis of which is below.  The Commonwealth attempted to divert money from the Emissions Reduction Fund from the negative value ventures it normally funds to supporting investment in a coal plant. The … Continue reading

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The potent brew of “concerned”, activist politicians and Keynesian economic advisers

Josh Frydenberg’s Treasury advised $750 hand out to pensioners proved a neat windfall to them, while imposing a $4.8 billion yoke around the economy’s neck. the Treasurer is threatening to make that even heavier. Similar largesse to combat the Global … Continue reading

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Australia’s economic response to coronavirus

The following is my take on  the government reaction. The full piece is in the Spectator ($) We have mixed messages on coronavirus: Angela Merkel has said 60-70 per cent of Germans will contract the disease, while the latest data … Continue reading

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Toilet paper shortages – why is Australia not a net exporter?

It was a relief to learn that Australia is 80 per cent self-sufficient in toilet paper and there is, therefore, no need for panic buying. But hang on a minute.  First, that 80 per cent is for a market that … Continue reading

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The Democrats focus on destructive climate action policies

Climate change may be front of mind among the political class but in the US Pew Survey it came 16th out of 18 issues in 2019, just as it had in the previous 7 years. Even among 18-29 year old’s … Continue reading

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The Calombaris bankruptcy reveals the inefficiencies in the IR system

I have a piece in The Australian this morning on the indignation that is rife against restaurateur George Calombaris and his success achieved while not paying everyone the government prescribed wage rate. This was not a fraud – people were … Continue reading

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The Political Revolution that is Climate Change

I have a piece in the Spectator covering the changes in political rivalries.  Until recently, the struggles were generally between those with wealth and income, increasingly from producing goods and services that were freely paid for, and those who sought … Continue reading

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Democracy becoming dominated by the politics of envy?

Among the attendees of the recent Mont Pelerin Society were Steve K, Sinclair and me.  A great many issues were discussed in the debate on liberty, efficiency, their friends and enemies. I have a piece in today’s The Australian, which … Continue reading

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Fire crisis is normal: Abolish all energy subsidies

Now that the rains have arrived to turn 2019-20 into a perfectly normal year in Australia will all the alarmists at Fairfax, the ABC and the Guardian declare it so?  Not on your nelly – at least while their is … Continue reading

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