Author Archives: Guest Author

Gratuitous Advertising: The Iron law of Regulation

New website,, predicts Brexit good for Britons  20 June 2016 The Iron law of Regulation website provides a body of evidence on the effects of regulations. The Iron Law is most commonly stated as, “There is no form of market failure, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: A Lurker – The Devolution of Higher Learning

This year I will be starting University for the very first time and, as I begin my studies as a mature-age, external student, I feel fairly confident in my own ability to negotiate University life since I will be somewhat … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Guest Post | 25 Comments

Gratuitous Advertising: Brexit: The battle for a free UK

While we are all focusing in the Australian Election, on June 23 the United Kingdom faces its most important vote in a generation – the referendum to leave the EU. The question is simple: will the UK remain part of a centralised, … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Custard is running for the Senate

I was born in 1965 in Bunbury WA. I am married to Linda and we have been together for 28 years. We live in the northern Perth suburb of Warwick. I hold dear those Christian teachings gained in my Catholic … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 election, Guest Post | 138 Comments

Cross post: Tim Andrews – In a country, far, far away, tobacco is just the beginning

Private property is at the heart of the successful modern economy. The protection of property rights has enabled us to flourish and created unprecedented prosperity, while secure property rights have been identified as the key difference between successful and failing … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Terry Barnes – Regulating e-cigarettes: read all about it!

Professor Emeritus Simon Chapman is a curious chap. Having signed aboard a team of academics commissioned at considerable cost by the federal government to review the regulation of e-cigarettes and related policy, and co-author of a related discussion paper circulated … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Bret Ashley – On behavioural economics

Ulysses: “I want to listen to the sirens” Behavioural Economist: “Sure, that’s your choice, but would you want a rope?” The detractors of this behavioural science (yes, multiple times on this blog) are quick to label Behavioural Economists as “tyrants”, … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Guest Post | 24 Comments

Gratuitous Advertising: Bolt Worth Fighting For

No other commentator has been in the frontlines of so many of our biggest and sometimes divisive debates. There is no issue he will shy from – politics, immigration, Islam, terrorism, global warming, same-sex marriage, race-relations, film, literature and so … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Michael Potter – The case for company tax cuts

Another day, another argument that taxes should be higher. This time, it is the Age arguing that the case for company tax cuts is weak. First, the article oddly states that the costs of the tax cut are being “scarcely … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Taxation | 4 Comments

Cross Post: John Adams – Household debt will be the death of us

AUSTRALIANS have racked up an ­unprecedented level of household debt that now threatens the macroeconomic stability of the Australian economy. According to the RBA’s April 2016 charts, household debt has skyrocketed to 185 per cent of disposable ­income and continues … Continue reading

Posted in Cross Post, Economics and economy | 45 Comments