Author Archives: Judith Sloan

That’s Far North Queensland, mate

About the only sensible thing I’ve heard about Cyclone Ita came from a local: that’s Far North Queensland, mate. And what has happened to our fighting spirit: hope for the best, plan for the worst? Now the motto seems to … Continue reading

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Bureaucratic madness

We were at dinner last night and hearing about an instance of complete bureaucratic madness.  The woman telling the story is a very energetic and competent person in her 60s. For a number of years, she has been a volunteer … Continue reading

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Typical of cheese-eating surrender monkeys

Did any Cats notice this development? But note that this new agreement was negotiated by the employers’ federations – truly pathetic. Just in case you weren’t jealous enough of the French already, what with their effortless style, lovely accents and … Continue reading

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Oh dear, Marilyn Lake

My advice to Professor Marilyn Lake is that she takes a crash course in economics before she goes any further with her research. And of course she doesn’t mention that Deakin and Higgins were wealthy toffs, dispensing their version of … Continue reading

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Worse then the Atlantic slave trade

I’m really warming to Bob Carr … it takes a certain person to claim that flying business class is worse than the Atlantic slave trade.  Can you imagine if a conservative politician said this?  (What you say, Carr is a … Continue reading

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Don’t forget: monopolies are bad

As the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption gets under way, the Counsel assisting the Commission has made an important point: Jeremy Stoljar SC, said the people who ran trade unions held a special position of trust in … Continue reading

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Kale Smoothie versus Bundy and Coke

To quote that literary genius, Yogi Berra, I think the Labor Party has come to a fork in the road and is about to take it. Of course, there are likely to be some gains from a divorce between the … Continue reading

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Hardly done by – call it discrimination!

Let me start with a little story.  When my first daughter started university, she took a part-time job at a store selling children’s clothes.  The store was located very close to the university.  All the other workers had young children. … Continue reading

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Check your facts, Tanya

 I saw Tanya Plibersek on the TV literally jumping for joy at the loss of 180 jobs from the Philip Morris factory at Morrabbin in Melbourne. Is this a good look? She had got it into her head that the … Continue reading

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ATO out of control

We all know from our resident expert, Sinclair, that the issue of base erosion and tax shifting is very complicated one.  It is absolutely clear that Australia is not going to sort this out on its own and, in any … Continue reading

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