Author Archives: Sinclair Davidson

Tuesday Forum: November 24, 2015

Posted in Open Forum | 339 Comments

Learning history

This caught my eye in the AFR this morning: Paul Little and his wife Jane Hansen have donated $10 million to Melbourne University to promote the teaching of history. Ms Hansen, a former investment banker who is currently undertaking an … Continue reading

Posted in Education, History | 97 Comments

On the economics of religion

So the importance of religion came up in one of the threads. In particular I was asked as the relative merits of different religions. Could it be possible that I think there is little difference between religions? Well, actually: Yes. … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Economics and economy | 137 Comments

Xenophon and conscription

Nick Xenophon has a go at wasted Defence expenditure. The latest revelations that Defence has spent $21 million on the US navy and more than $18 million on big-end-of-town consulting firms for advice on Australia’s future submarine project beggars belief. … Continue reading

Posted in National Security | 110 Comments

Q&A Forum: November 23, 2015

Posted in Open Forum | 183 Comments

Company tax nonsense from the ABC

Another rant from our $1.2 billion state owned broadcaster: Comparing tax rates can be hugely deceiving, primarily because governments routinely offer discounts and credits to big corporations. We do the same. Once you take dividend imputation into account, the effective … Continue reading

Posted in Shut it down. Fire them all., Taxation | 38 Comments

Monday Forum: November 23, 2015

Posted in Open Forum | 1,402 Comments

The Tasmanian anti-free speech case

My good friend Chris Berg sets out the arguments in an op-ed in The Age: To be offended by the booklet is to be offended by what was, until very recently, the mainstream view on gay marriage, and one still … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Freedom of speech, Hypocrisy of progressives | 74 Comments

Waleed Ali is being verballed

I have noticed a tendency to verbal Waleed Ali’s Channel Ten discussion of ISIS both here and in the broader media. So I’m posting his piece here. I think it is very good. He spoke well. He spoke sensibly. Before … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, International, National Security, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 535 Comments

Open Forum: November 21, 2015

Posted in Open Forum | 1,037 Comments