Author Archives: Alan Moran

Australia’s election result: a reprieve not a recovery

Oceans of ink have been used to address last Saturday’s election including by those, like me, who thought a reprieve was possible but feared the worst.  Steve Kates offers a comprehensive 10-point summary of why the ALP lost.  I have … Continue reading

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Election promises: eating the seed corn that generates sustained economic growth

I have a piece in the Spectator that addresses the importance of savings to provide the capital that underpins wealth creation.  Savings themselves will be severely constrained where the state or other looters can exproproate them or where the state … Continue reading

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The ALP’s green left policies will suffocate the economy faster than those of the Coalition

Here is an extract from an article I have in Quadrant On Line In response to an increasingly green-oriented urban electorate, the ALP’s environmental position has moved very close to that of The Greens.  And, like conservative parties in the … Continue reading

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The harbinger of the sub prime crisis

While searching for something else I came across this on the celebrated international crisis took place in the otherwise unremarkable year of 33 a.d. The financial crisis of 33AD is largely considered to be caused by policies that Tiberius took … Continue reading

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“Watergate” conspiracies and the truth about the Murray

I have this piece in the Spectator on-line. The Murray Darling River is facing a plethora of publicity.  Issues have included fish deaths due to mismanagement of flows by the responsible body, farmer agitation as a result of loss of … Continue reading

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Weaponising the ACCC to address cartels: more market controls planned

Having seen the ACCC staffing levels increase 10 per cent since 2014 with a further increase of 14 per cent budgeted for next year, Chairman Rod Sims is out campaigning for additional resources to combat cartels. Sims’s views are in … Continue reading

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More on the electric vehicles farce

We can all have great sport on the back of Bill Shorten’s inability to differentiate between 8 minutes and 8 hours when it comes to the charge rate for electric batteries. But we should not delude ourselves that the Coalition … Continue reading

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Electricity subsidies beget further interventions bringing additional inefficiences

Unusually, Energy Minister Angus Taylor has some pre-politician expertise in the sector and is fully aware of the deficiencies of renewables (the exotic wind/ solar ones, not hydro) and the damage done to Australian prices and reliability by subsidised wind/solar. … Continue reading

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NSW Election: the Triumph of the Irrigators

A significant feature of the NSW elections has been the voting in the rural seats. The Nationals are paraded as having had a poor election.  This is not obvious – the Nationals got 9.7 per cent of the vote in … Continue reading

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The Forces of Evil are winning the climate debate

Here is an abridged version of a piece I have in The Spectator on line ($) Evidence does not seem to matter in the debate on human induced climate change.  Hardly anyone is listening to reason.  Minds have been made … Continue reading

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