Author Archives: Judith Sloan

Alberici redux

The point has been made that Emma Alberici is not the only economic illiterate to say crazy things about the link between lower company tax rates, on the one hand, and economic activity, investment and wages, on the other. Ian … Continue reading

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Good riddance, George

I am personally very pleased to see the back of one our worst ever Attorneys-General, George Brandis QC.  He achieved absolutely nothing and personally (and possibly deliberately) sunk the amendments to Section 18C. He has hung around as a Senator … Continue reading

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So this is what Treasury does these days

I was looking for the Treasury paper on wages growth –  it is a very solid piece of work, by the way – but came across the newly designed website.  Actually, I thought the old one was better but I … Continue reading

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Section 44 (iv): where do ministerial advisers fit in?

Now we are all agreed that Section 44 of the Constitution is creating the silly season of all silly seasons; but the Constitution still stands. According to Section 44(iv): Any person who holds any office of profit under the Crown, … Continue reading

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The labour demand curve slopes downwards

If the Guardian thinks something is good, it is almost certainly bad. Just take a look at this piece telling us Kelly O’Dwyer – yes, groan Ms Hyper-regulation – is doing something good by chasing down unpaid superannuation. There is some … Continue reading

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Which one is it? No snow or record snow

Don’t you just love it with the online editor (let’s face it, Sunday is a bad day to work) has two completely inconsistent stories cheek-by-jowl. And so it was this morning with The Age. The first story had the scary … Continue reading

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BETA: working for all of us … sure

I had forgotten about this appalling and expensive initiative – BETA: the behavioural economics team of Australia! The basic idea is that us dumb citizens don’t know what is in our interests so we must be nudged by all-knowing public … Continue reading

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What ScoMo stands for: higher taxes

In yet more evidence that ScoMo has lost the plot, he has announced the imposition of GST on low value items bought from overseas even though the bureaucrats can’t figure out how this will work and the start date is … Continue reading

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Just as true for the mouse with an Aussie flag

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ScoMo completely loses the plot

You have to give SA Treasurer some credit for chutzpah in announcing the SA Major Bank Levy.  If it was good enough for ScoMo, who couldn’t ever explain the impost apart from needing the money and no one likes the banks, … Continue reading

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