Author Archives: Judith Sloan

Everything belongs to the government: the TES is released

Here we go again: the atrocious, shameful and laughable Tax Expenditure Statement has been released by Treasury.  And again the central assumption is that all income and capital gains belong to the government and anything that is returned to taxpayers … Continue reading

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How to lose a bill or so, Dan-style

Here’s the thing: the government is the government until the caretaker period commences. Any contract entered into by one government binds the next. Now our Dan knew all this, but decided it was electorally attractive to assert that the East … Continue reading

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I think this is right

Annabel Crabb makes the correct point about Abbott’s super-size blunder this week.  He didn’t ask anyone’s advice because he knew what they would tell him. And there is something boyishly rebellious about the way this Prime Minister avoids advice. It’s … Continue reading

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Kooky stuff from the Kouk

I just love it when ‘experts’ write about stuff about which they know nothing.  It is extremely revealing of their biases and intentions. Macreconomist, Stephen Koukoulas, decided to try his arm over at The Drum defending Australia’s high minimum wages. … Continue reading

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GetUp: Please ShutUp

Here’s another example of how we are stuffed – GetUp runs a populist campaign to protect many well-off age pensioners. Depending on the movement of wages, it well may the case that pensioners end up doing better with a CPI … Continue reading

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At last, a sensible Swan

This is a great piece from Professor Peter Swan in The Australian.  One point he could have noted was that a lower exchange rate reduces real wages and living standards. WHEN Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said earlier this month said … Continue reading

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What hope?

I was reading about ACOSS’s budget submission which is full of all the predictable, left-wing mush.  But I actually think their ideas about restricting access to the age pension make a lot of sense, although the politics are fraught. But … Continue reading

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The industrial relations club racket in retail

  I have written about this before, but there are some very powerful forces which would rather the details be kept hush-hush. But as Joe de Bruyn of the Shoppies enters his final circuit and is negotiating a new round … Continue reading

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The silly duffers at Charles Sturt University

 I just love this story.  In fact, it restores my faith in the judgement of university administrators who have the common sense to tell this group – the Asset Owners Disclosure Project, headed by Hewie here in Australia – to … Continue reading

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On climate hysteria

Here we go again: a report based on a computer model and prediction by our very own CSIRO.  But somehow it is accepted as fact: that Australia will become the victim of even more floods (evidently the drought thing is … Continue reading

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