Author Archives: Sinclair Davidson

Wednesday Forum: October 22, 2014

Posted in Open Forum | 555 Comments

The Whitlam legacy: Big government

Federal government expenditure has never recoved from the Whitlam era: From the Budget Papers.

Posted in Budget | 102 Comments

… the cold steel of rationality.

Gary Johns goes very hard in the Australian this morning. Many more must join the fight, the first task of which is to name the enemy within — the killer priest, the ANU vice-chancellor and trustees, and scores of green … Continue reading

Posted in Divestment | 64 Comments

Breaking News: Gough Whitlam has passed away aged 98

Gough Whitlam, the 21st Australian prime minister, passed away earlier this morning. He served between 1972 and 1975 before being sacked by the Governor-General. While he would have been much loved by his family and friends, no doubt his political … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Politics | 583 Comments

Q&A Forum: October 20, 2014

Posted in Open Forum | 218 Comments

Your tax dollars at work

Thousands of Australian Taxation Office middle managers will get taxpayer-funded iPhones and iPads as bosses strive to “improve staff experience” at the agency. The cash-strapped Taxation Office, which is in the process of slashing 3000 jobs, will begin the rollout … Continue reading

Posted in Taxation | 113 Comments

Are emails different?

We’ve all be assuming that our employer can read our emails, but a good friend has just phoned to ask the question, “How is an email any different from any other act of communication?” I’m not sure. The Australian Postal … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 94 Comments

Monday Forum: October 20, 2014

Posted in Open Forum | 1,061 Comments

Revenge and payback

There is an pattern emerging: Private information was leaked to the media alleging that prime minister Tony Abbott’s daughter had received special privilege in obtaining a scholarship to attend a private education institution. Personal emails from Sydney University academic  Barry … Continue reading

Posted in Politics | 54 Comments

In praise of Bronwyn Bishop

Of all the current government Bronwyn Bishop gets the most abuse. Certainly from the ALP but also from some in the commentariat. I think she is doing a fine job – the Australian provides the detail: FEDERAL Speaker Bronwyn Bishop … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics | 24 Comments