Author Archives: Rafe Champion

David Leyonhjelm guest post: RET time bomb is ticking

From The AFR. You know you have a dog of a policy when the government, opposition and various minor parties agree it should be reformed, but the Greens and their cheer squad think it’s great. That policy is the Renewable … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 3 April

Waste Watch. The cost of political representation. The iceberg of climate spending. Lockheed Martin is getting into renewable energy, nuclear fusion, “sustainability” and even fish farming projects, to augment its reduced defense profits. The company plans to forge new ties … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 30 March

Added on Tuesday 31 Climate news. The debacle of the minimum-flush toilet. The Romans invented indoor plumbing. It took America in the late 20th century to uninvent it. The fateful year was 1994, when the federal government mandated that all … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm guest post: Privatisation op. ed.

It seems the more successful a policy the less popular it is. After the stagnant years of Malcolm Fraser’s Prime Ministership, successive governments abandoned protectionist industry policy, cut tax rates for companies and salary earners, deregulated industrial relations, increased skilled … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 20 March

CIS Freedom of Speech Symposium. April 20. The debacle of the regulation nation. Fiscal policy. Would this put an end to quantitative easing? “Henry I castrated currency officials whose output was found wanting. According to Sinclair, half the moneyers in … Continue reading

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Leyonhjelm alone in the House on free speech. Guest post

From The Fin Review The free speech debate in Australia is not in good shape. In the federal Parliament, I am the only politician to consistently defend freedom of speech. It’s a lonely mission and needs to change. It is … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 14 March

Saving the world with fossil fuels. The environmental movement has advanced three arguments in recent years for giving up fossil fuels: (1) that we will soon run out of them anyway; (2) that alternative sources of energy will price them … Continue reading

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Love our CSIRO!

Out of the “You couldn’t make it up” file. The views of Simon McKeon, the recently sacked Chairman of the CSIRO. I never thought I would end up chairing a wonderful organisation like CSIRO. I’m not a trained scientist or … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup March 6

Breaking news. I will be in Canberra for a short time next week and regrettably cannot stay for the regular Friday gathering of Cats, however a colleague in town will arrange for a meetup on Thursday evening. Venue to be … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm guest post on the Financial System Inquiry

From The Fin Review David Murray’s Financial System Inquiry wasn’t sexy when it was released in December. And amidst the debate on leadership, terrorism and the Budget, it is even less sexy now. In this environment, we need to be … Continue reading

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