Author Archives: Judith Sloan

Is the Treasury gilding the lily?

When you go through the door of the dreaded Budget lock-up, you are presented with a show bag (made in China, but 100 per cent cotton) that includes all the budget papers. There are the important white covered ones and … Continue reading

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That was then

Last year, the current Treasurer said this: “The government has made it crystal clear that we have no interest in increasing taxes on superannuation either now or in the future … unlike Labor, we are not coming after people’s superannuation.” … Continue reading

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A xenophobic Treasurer to boot

And if it is not bad enough that our chief money man is committed to more regulation and higher taxes – note the leak about a raft of higher taxes on superannuation (out-taxing Labor) – we have this little gem … Continue reading

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What happened to low taxation and deregulation?

Morro, Morr, Morro –  sorrow, sorrow, sorrow You really have to wonder about this government – concocting political solutions that always involve higher taxes and more regulation.  What happened to the core principles that were supposed to driving this government? … Continue reading

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A country can never go broke

This is a Fairfax line; it has been for ages.  I’m sure the nutters who ran the Political Economy Stream at the University of Sydney (does this still exist?) peddled this line of argument: A country can never go broke; … Continue reading

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West jumps the shark: Palmer = Multinationals

Now I know that no one in their right mind takes any notice of Michael West; it’s just amazing that Fairfax publishes his drivel.  But I think he has really jumped the shark this time with the parallel he draws … Continue reading

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Is the culture of greed getting worse?

I guess that Adele Ferguson of Fairfax has a lot invested in this line – that the culture of greed in Australian banks, at least the big ones, is getting worse.  My very strong impression is that the reverse is true: … Continue reading

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Stop laughing: $27 billion digital savings for federal bureaucracy

The medical practice I attend has introduced a nifty new booking system.  You book online and you can tell when your doctor has free spots and, if not, you can book with another doctor. About four hours before the appointment, you … Continue reading

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What happened to the Fair Entitlements Guarantee changes?

As the taxpayer is about to be touched up for over $70 million to pay out the entitlements of the former Queensland Nickel workers, given that QN is now in liquidation, a number of important questions arise: What ever happened … Continue reading

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The union bank: an expert on public policy?

What is a bank doing surveying its customers about their opinions on the taxation of housing?  Well, I guess it makes sense when that bank is the union bank, ME, owned by the industry super funds. Any bit to help … Continue reading

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