Author Archives: Guest Author

David Brewer: It’s the subsides, Stupid

What is really behind the riots in Paris? Nominally, the protests are about the rising cost of living, and in particular a further increase in the tax on diesel of 6.5 Euro cents, due to take effect on 1 January. French taxes … Continue reading

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Peter O’Brien: The Liberal’s reactionary right

We are getting used to commentators such as Peter Van Onselen and Niki Savva railing against the ‘reactionary right’ or the ‘hard right’ of the Liberal Party, who apparently had the numbers to tear down Malcolm Turnbull but not enough … Continue reading

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John Adams: Stage four cancer

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David Bidstrup: The simple things are always the best.

I read a letter a gentleman wrote to “The Australian” where he calculated how many solar panels would be required to replace a 2,000 MW coal fired power station. He used 500W solar panels and concluded that the replacement number … Continue reading

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Peter O’Brien: Kelly on Morrison

In an article in the Weekend Australian, Paul Kelly, rightly, excoriates Scott Morrison for his mishandling of the Israel Embassy issue.     Morrison’s total ineptitude has poisoned this well such that whatever decision is taken – move the embassy or leave it … Continue reading

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Muddy: Just words

Everything I have wanted to write about language and the reason for the Catictionary, I have written previously. What follows is a collection of words contributed by readers of this blog, minus those brutally tortured and ‘disappeared’ during the editing … Continue reading

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Peter O’Brien: Angus Taylor – a disappointment

So much for Angus Taylor being the great hope of the side.  Promoted, ostensibly, as the Minister for Getting Power Prices Down, Taylor has shown himself to be just as mealy-mouthed as the rest of his second-rate Coalition government. Here … Continue reading

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Greg Chapman: The mid-terms – The best possible outcome for Trump

Donald Trump couldn’t have hoped for a better outcome from the elections for the former legislative body known as the US Congress. The Emasculated Congress Almost no substantial legislation has passed in the US Congress, under the control by two … Continue reading

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Anon: Set the sexes free

The large dental practice I attend in Portugal is entirely staffed by females. As is the legal practice I used. There is either no law or no enforcement of laws around the hiring of staff based on gender. Imagine all … Continue reading

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A message from Peter Phelps

I have decided to run for the NSW Upper House, again, at the 2019 State Election. The Liberal preselection for the ‘At-Large’ positions will take place on 25 November, somewhere in Sydney. I say “positions”, but this is not strictly … Continue reading

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