Author Archives: marcus

Turnbull’s Last Stand

A lot has been made of Malcolm Turnbull’s recent comments that the Liberal party is not a ‘conservative’ party and that the ‘sensible centre’ is the place to be. Whether you think his comments were right, wrong or reported by … Continue reading

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You Reap What You Sow

I came across this from Andrew Bolt’s blog, citing Janet Albrechtson’s highly interesting article in The Australian yesterday: It’s compelling viewing and shows very clearly what happens when you let the tail wag the dog. It also reminds me of … Continue reading

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With Friends Like Chris…

Whatever charred remains existed of what the Liberal Party once stood for, Chris Pyne managed to show up and empty his bladder on them last week. People like me have been calling out the ‘Turnbull Coalition’ for not upholding basic Liberal … Continue reading

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All I Want for Christmas is a Climate Refugee

If all you did was read sites like news.com.au, you would really think that the world is about to be overcome with ‘climate refugees’: RISING sea levels are already forcing one American town to relocate, with warnings that many others … Continue reading

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Theresa May’s Train Wreck

Now this may sound a little silly*, but if you think like Malcolm Turnbull and act like Malcolm Turnbull, then there’s a very good chance that you’ll end up like Malcolm Turnbull – and have a bad time. Of all … Continue reading

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Quadrant Couldn’t Have Timed Things Any Worse

This time last year, Quadrant lost the last of its government funding. Rather than giving them a handout, I advocated subscribing on the basis that it represented good value for money. I also put my money where my mouth was and … Continue reading

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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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