Author Archives: Guest Author

Cross Post: Marcus – Super tax will cost more than it raises

Increasing the tax on super contributions is yet another ill-conceived ‘budget fix’ idea which attempts to tax our way to prosperity. The whole point of super is to decrease people’s reliance on aged welfare (which currently amounts to $60.7 billion of spending annually – … Continue reading

Posted in Cross Post, Taxation | 41 Comments

Guest Post: Terry Barnes – One in the eye for Simon Chapman from the Royal College of Physicians

My recent Catallaxy post on the federal government’s hush-hush e-cigarette policy and regulatory review set a cat amongst a few pigeons in the public health and pro-vaping worlds. So let’s hope Simon Chapman and his team of “unbiased’ public health … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Take Nanny down | 10 Comments

The 2016 John Bonython Lecture with Ayaan Hirsi Ali

The CIS is delighted to welcome back to Australia our good friend and brave women’s rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ayaan will be speaking in Melbourne for one night only, to deliver our annual John Bonython Lecture on Thursday, 12 … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Gratuitous Advertising | 8 Comments

Cross Post: Joe Branigan: A quick refresher course in how to create jobs

Some of Australia’s best public policy minds meet in Brisbane today for the Queensland Jobs Growth Summit. The summit comes at a time when Queensland’s and Australia’s unemployment rates seem stuck at around 6%, about 2% above the lows achieved … Continue reading

Posted in Cross Post, Economics and economy | 16 Comments

Guest Post: BorisG – Positive effects of Global Warming?

ABC radio ran a story about Iceland. We all remember that in 2008 Iceland experienced collapse of its banking sector following the Global Financial Crisis. Essentially in the preceding decade, Iceland’s banks increased ten-fold by lending to consumers in the … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Guest Post | 23 Comments

Guest Post: Robert Carling – No place for gesture politics in good tax policy

Taxpayers on the top marginal rate comprise only about 3% of the total but pay 30% of all personal income tax. However, all our major political parties want to single out this group for even more taxation. The Coalition, Labor … Continue reading

Posted in Taxation | 27 Comments

Guest Post: Terry Barnes – What is the Turnbull Government’s e-cig policy review hiding?

Last year the federal health department, on behalf of the Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs – senior bureaucrats advising federal, state and territory ministers on drug issues – commissioned a policy review on the regulation, sale and marketing of e-cigarettes with … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Take Nanny down | 17 Comments

Cross Post: Marcus – Safe schools far from over

If you don’t pay attention to the weeds in your garden, they will keep growing relentlessly until they completely take over. You can’t just pull a few out and leave it for a year or even a few months. They’ll come … Continue reading

Posted in Cross Post | 22 Comments

Guest Post: Rabz – An analysis of the various fates of some Turnbull supporting MPs

Most of us have read the pieces by various pundits on why Tony Abbott was dumped as Prime Minister. These pieces tended to cite reasons that included: The overbearing and overwhelmingly negative influence of Abbott’s chief of staff The utter … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post | 180 Comments

Cross Post: John Adams – Split right down the middle

The disillusionment and frustration among conservatives in Australia continues to grow. For many, the Prime Minister is not adequately addressing the issues important to social and economic conservatives. On socially conservative issues, the Prime Minister has been in many cases … Continue reading

Posted in Cross Post, Politics | 26 Comments