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Guest Post: Muddy – Strategic Failure

“Like teenaged ruffians, the bullies in Moscow and in other such places as Beijing and Pyongyang rub their hands with glee as they see the world’s chief of police sipping coffee in the donut shop while windows are smashed, stores … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Fisky – Gay marriage, religious freedom and anti-discrimination laws: take your pick?

Gay marriage legislation will probably be passed in Australia in the not-too-distant future. It’s already been legislated in much of Europe, Canada and New Zealand, and imposed in the US by judicial fiat. I see little prospect of the traditionalist … Continue reading

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Guest Post: B.P. Terpstra – The ABC’s Q&A: One rule for Mallah, another for Savage

Question: What’s the difference between the hate-spewing Zaky Mallah and the hate-spewing Dan Savage?  Answer: One was offered a seat in the ABC’s Q&A audience; the other was given a taxpayer-funded stage. Yep. You read that correctly. Mallah was in the audience. … Continue reading

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Cross Post: Terry Barnes – Constitutional smoking ceremony

The push for changing our Constitution to recognise explicitly the special status in Australia of Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders is well and truly on, but misguided. Tony Abbott is sincerely passionate about combating Aboriginal disadvantage, as his volunteer work … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Peter O’Brien – On vested interests

As a vociferous CAGW sceptic in my local newspaper, I often refer my antagonists to various papers and articles that lend credence to the sceptic case. Generally, the first (and often only) defence offered against these sources is to claim … Continue reading

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Guest Post: B.P. Terpstra – Latham slams Labor’s same-sex marriage romance

Mark Latham has slammed the ALP’s culture of identity politics, including its romance with same-sex marriage. Writing for Fairfax’s Financial Review, the former Labor leader advances the view that his party is out of touch with mainstream voters. “The tragedy of modern … Continue reading

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Cross Post: Clinton Mead – Something is rotten in the City of Campbelltown

I often joke around (although quite seriously) that local government is a lot like the British comedy, “Yes Minister”. However, I’m starting to understand it’s perhaps closer to the darker British drama, “House of Cards”. Campbelltown is currently in the … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Adelagado – A very expensive hole in the GST import threshold argument.

A debate is currently stirring about whether the GST exemption threshold for imported goods should be lowered to well below $1000. The argument in favour says that lowering the Low Value Threshold (LVT) will raise more revenue for the Government. … Continue reading

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Cross post: Christopher Snowdon – Aussie tobacco figures again

I didn’t intend to revisit the Australian tobacco sales data again. The only remarkable thing about them is that, after years of decline, they didn’t fall in the first year of plain packaging. In fact, the latest set of figures … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Michael Potter – Will gay marriage stimulate the economy?

In short, probably not. The argument, raised on ABC’s Q&A program on Monday night, is that gay marriage will cause a boost to economic growth from all the weddings that will occur. An article in the Fairfax press raised the … Continue reading

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