Author Archives: Judith Sloan

All you need to know about economics

From a graduation speech delivered by Nobel Prize winner, Professor Thomas Sargent. The Greatest Graduation Speech Ever Given Is Bullet-Point List Of 12 Economic Concepts I remember how happy I felt when I graduated from Berkeley many years ago. But … Continue reading

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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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