Author Archives: marcus

Accounting at the ABC

Did you ever wonder why the ABC’s budget figures never seem to quite add up? This is the government budgeting to have a $29.4 billion deficit for 2017-18 (page 11-7): In short: $433.5 billion in receipts; minus $459.7 billion in … Continue reading

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More Self-loathing Incompetence From SMH

Michael Smith has brought my attention to this article written by SMH’s Latika Bourke on 13 April 2017. Predictably, it’s the usual self-loathing plop that we’ve become accustomed to no longer paying money for: Australia should follow the British Conservative … Continue reading

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How Venezuela Came to Be – Part 2

Ten days ago, I re-posted my article ‘Venezuela has Completely Run Out of Other Peoples’ Money‘ which goes some way to explaining how the disaster that is today’s Venezuela came about – and why it should matter to Australia, where 50% … Continue reading

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The 2017-18 Federal Budget: Taxing Our Way to Prosperity

Every year, the government seems to make it harder to really see what they’re doing with our money in the budget – whether by renaming things, requiring an extra click or two to access various papers or simply by the … Continue reading

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How Venezuela Came to Be

Now that Venezuela is completely ruined, Steve Kates rightly wonders why there has been no explanation as to how it all came about. I add that the complete lack of insight is most glaring in respect of socialist and communist cheer … Continue reading

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Aldi Stares Down Social Justice Brigade

In June 2016, the WA liquor licensing authority’s Peter Minchin delivered this horribly conceived and pathetic decision on Aldi’s liquor licence application for its Harrisdale store. Background Some readers may remember TMR expressing its displeasure* at seeing the law being abused … Continue reading

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Our Debt Has Chosen to Identify Itself as Good

I wonder what my bank would say if I asked them to have more patience with my ‘good’ debt? Seriously, what drugs are Scott Morrison and this Liberal government on? The Treasurer said it’s “wise” for governments to borrow when … Continue reading

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Beer Politics

This is Bill Shorten attempting to skol a beer the other day. I say ‘attempting’, because in my books it can’t possibly count as a skol if you take more than 10 seconds and if Bob Hawke can do three in … Continue reading

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Does This Look Like a Government That Had ALL it Could Eat?

Sinclair Davidson brings our attention to these deeply troubling statements from our supposedly conservative, center-right treasurer: Mr Morrison emphasises that the Coalition understands that large businesses employ millions of Australians, which is why it took its enterprise tax plan to … Continue reading

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How’s That Landslide Going?

While everyone in the mainstream media was falling over themselves to congratulate WA Labor on its landslide election victory, TMR noticed that things weren’t quite going to plan in the upper house: The media’s ‘analysis’ of WA Labor’s victory in … Continue reading

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