Author Archives: Judith Sloan

What’s the age pension is worth?

I have been reading the latest report of the Institute of Actuaries, For Richer, For Poorer. It is pretty terrible – another case of these professional associations peddling lines that must appall most of the members. But I came across … Continue reading

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Does foreign aid dissuade asylum seekers?

I came across this interesting article in which the argument is put that increased foreign aid runs the risk of aiding massive migration, rather than dissuading it, as it provides the resources to people both to realise that a better … Continue reading

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It’s not just the BOM that gets it wrong

As the ABC was going into a lather this morning about the prediction of the worst El Nino effect  in fifty years – you know the sort of thing – drought, bushfires, climate refugees from Tuvalu – and invited David … Continue reading

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Must be global warming: Melbourne’s coldest winter in 26 years

You know how it works: if it’s hot, it global warming; if it’s cold, it’s global warming.  If there are storms, cyclones, typhoons, floods, bushfires, it’s global warming.  If there are no storms, cyclones, typhoons, floods, bushfires, it’s global warming. … Continue reading

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CFMEU Dan the Man hands out another union favour

The paybacks have been coming thick and fast in Victoriastan; I guess they won’t ever stop as long as Dan the Man is in power. But here is a clear payback to the Australian Nurses Federation, whose members? officials? paid … Continue reading

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Who’s paying for this?

If being forced to have a third of trustees be classified as independent (including the chair) – note that Cbus calls John Dawkins an independent director (Cats: stop that laughing) – is not bad enough, the mean federal government now wants … Continue reading

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Makes sense: I wonder what the Australian figures look like?

The Distributional Effects of U.S. Clean Energy Tax Credits Severin Borenstein and Lucas W. Davis Energy Institute at Haas University of California, Berkeley July 2015 Abstract Since 2006, U.S. households have received more than $18 billion in federal income tax … Continue reading

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The gospel according to Bill: do as I say, not as I do

All that guff about Emily’s List and having half of all Labor parliamentarians women within a decade – and Bill Shorten has a chance to step up to the plate and he trips over. This is what happens when you … Continue reading

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Priceless at half the price

Now it’s not particularly clear what came of Craig Emerson’s National Reform Summit. This is what editor-in-chief of the Fin had to say: Amid 17 pages of waffle, business, the unions, welfare groups and seniors organisations agreed on some telling … Continue reading

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Getting on in Australia: hard work and risk-taking

Now I have some time for the research undertaken by Paul Frijter and Gigi Foster – different, unusual.  But I think they have jumped the shark with this one, equating high incomes in property, mining, banking, superannuation and finance in … Continue reading

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