Author Archives: Guest Author

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

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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

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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

Cross post: Marcus – the 2016-17 Budget

If you want simple, no-nonsense budget analysis that can’t be found anywhere else, then read on. All figures have been sourced from the official 2016-17 budget papers and are presented so that you can form your own opinion. For some fun at … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Bruce of Newcastle – Electricity Shock!

This week’s Essential poll included the following question: The Labor Party recently announced their policy to tackle climate change which includes a target of reducing Australia’s carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 (compared to the Coalition Government’s target of 26-28%) … Continue reading

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Guest Post – Rabz: Some brief thoughts on the lack of fiscal rectitude displayed by our beloved politicians

A quick summary of the Commonwealth budget results for the five financial years 2012-13 – 2016-17 are below (Source – Commonwealth Budget Website): Budget:         2012-13        2013-14        2014‑15        2015‑16          2016‑17 Result ($B)    -18.8             -48.5             -37.9             -39.9*           -37.1* *Final budget result … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Terry Barnes – Tobacco excise – both sides should be ashamed but is the Coalition now open to harm reduction alternatives?

There’s much excitement about Chris Bowen’s tobacco excise black hole. As breathlessly reported by Laurie Oakes last night, the Coalition is pinching Labor’s plan to slug smokers an extra 12.5 per cent excise per year until 2020, but Treasury estimates … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Rob Carruthers – Delcons & Defcons

The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies. Robert Conquest’s third law of politics explains the Liberal Party and why you should vote for … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Allan Hird – Arrogance and Ignorance from the ASADA CEO

In the attached article in the Age the ASADA CEO has once again displayed his ignorance of Australia’s system of government. McDevitt, the ASADA chief, has previously told Fairfax Media “if the government deemed a Senate inquiry necessary, ASADA would … Continue reading

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