Author Archives: Judith Sloan

1.8 per cent v 2.0 per cent: is this a joke?

I can’t believe the solemn commentary about the tosh coming out of the G20 Finance Ministers meeting.  Surely no one believes this underlying “modelling” by the IMF/OECD which purports to link the change to countries’ GDP arising from a series … Continue reading

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Forget the CFMEU/MUA: Think Pharmacy Guild

One has to have a certain admiration for the tactics of the CFMEU and the MUA – exploiting the full value of confected monopolies through any means, fair and foul. (Getting a Labor government to pass accommodating legislation helps quite … Continue reading

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Converting sceptics: the role of prize-winning scientists

I must be living on another planet because I thought the role of scientists was to be sceptical. But according to Eureka Prize winner for promoting understanding of Australian science research, her role is to change sceptical minds about climate … Continue reading

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An inclusive green economy: close down the IMF

Now that the lovely Christine is under investigation (no one seems to be prepared to use the fraud word – let’s just call it inappropriate behaviour), perhaps we should ask the bigger question: should the IMF be closed down, an … Continue reading

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Two more little ones to love

  Did I mention that there are two more little ones to love in our lives – twins born 4 weeks ago.  Benjamin Patrick (3.15 kgs) and Nicholas George (3 kgs). Keeping Granny busy but blissful.

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Twaddle about superannuation

Have you ever read so much twaddle about one topic in such a short space of time?  The industry funds are really panicking – gosh, the rise in the SGC was built into their business models, so now what? I … Continue reading

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Wise words from Rebecca

My friend Rebecca Weisser, splendid opinion page editor at the Oz, had some very wise words on her Facebook entry.  I’m sure she will not mind if I repeat them here: My financial adviser asked me yesterday if I wanted … Continue reading

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Spin from the Fin

It is getting to the point that the Fin cannot be regarded as a serious financial newspaper when its lead story essentially picks up the press release of rent-seeking wind farm operator Infigen Energy, which arose from the ashes of … Continue reading

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“Freeloading” workers don’t deserve perks

What a complete disgrace this rort is.  Building employers are forced to pay ‘redundancy’ payments on behalf of all workers (in excess of $100 per worker per week) which are then paid into a fund; in the case of Queensland, … Continue reading

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Hot rocks a dud: ask Tim Flannery

Here is a very balanced piece by Keith Orchison, who is always worth reading. It tells the story of investors (who should have known better) and the taxpayer getting caught up in the fairytale of hot rocks (which need to … Continue reading

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