Author Archives: Guest Author

Sanjeev Sabhlok: Fraser Anning’s ill-articulated concerns are a fight for Australia’s soul

I moved to Australia nearly 18 years ago. Many people in India were astonished, given I was so close to the top of the pecking order of India’s governance system. But I had become increasingly frustrated with the ultra-corrupt governance … Continue reading

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Peter O’Brien: PvO’s cut through analysis

Could anything highlight the vacuousness of Peter Van Onselen as a political commentator than the following quote from his column, prognosticating on the outcome of the next Federal election, in today’s Australian: The question time performances of Malcolm Turnbull and … Continue reading

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David Bidstrup: “The average human has one breast and one testicle”.

As the torture continues with “energy policy” and whether the NEG will save us all I found the quotation above, attributed to Des MacHale, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at University College Cork. We are told that the pain we are … Continue reading

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Arky speaks to Dr. Richard Peppard

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Lysander: The ABC and the “Right” to No

Yesterday, I walked into a taxpayer funded department and got myself a taxpayer funded salary. I got a taxpayer funded iPhone, laptop and iPad. I got a prestigious @gov.au email address or the like. I got a taxpayer funded car … Continue reading

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Felipe Lungov: Creative Destruction in the App Market

One of the key features of any free market is that the main players are always rotating. No one stays on top forever. Mark Perry shows that only 53 companies that featured in the Fortune 500 list in 1955 are … Continue reading

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Iain Murray: The Platform Economy Can Change the World

Today, the Competitive Enterprise Institute launches its new video about the platform economy. Platforms are an ancient way of doing business—think of matchmakers, city fairs, and town markets—that bring together two or more parties to make economic transactions. Today, digital … Continue reading

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David Bidstrup: Playing chess with a pigeon

Arguing with fools is like playing chess with a pigeon, no matter how good you are the pigeon will just shit on the board and then strut around as if he has won anyway. I am responding to Rafe’s post … Continue reading

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Pyrmonter: Sobriety at 500 days

Tribalism and testing the boundaries of ‘identity’ is fun: the pages of the Cat are replete with comments from those who spend their day playing in the sandpit of ideas, kicking sand (and sometimes mud), building castles and demolishing them.  … Continue reading

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Tim Worstall: Automation Isn’t Nearly as Disruptive as You Might Think

Another day, another bloodcurdling report about how robots are going to steal all our jobs and smash all that is holy about the dignity of work. This time it’s from PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and they tell us that by the 2040s some 30 percent … Continue reading

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