Author Archives: Sinclair Davidson

Thursday Forum: September 18, 2014

Posted in Open Forum | 197 Comments

Damn foreigners – obeying the law like that.

There is a very amusing article in the AFR this morning: New Zealand wine companies are ratcheting up their use of an Australian government rebate originally designed to help small local wine producers. Preliminary figures show that the subsidies paid … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Taxation | 26 Comments


That is a parking sign in Sydney. The need for regulatory simplification is obvious. (HT: Jason)

Posted in Take Nanny down | 44 Comments

Not so dismal II

The federal government’s Excellence in Research exercise is looking worse and worse. Last week I pointed out how dodgy the whole exercise was: … I want to draw attention to an interesting anomaly: the relative rankings of UTS and Griffith … Continue reading

Posted in Education | 9 Comments

Wednesday Forum: September 17, 2014

Posted in Open Forum | 1,066 Comments

Q&A Forum: September 15, 2014

Posted in Open Forum | 198 Comments

Shocking tax evasion … oh, wait.

In June the Sydney Morning Herald had this breathless story: Australia’s largest coalminer, Glencore, paid almost zero tax over the past three years, despite income of $15 billion, as it radically reduced its tax exposure by taking large, unnecessarily expensive … Continue reading

Posted in Mining, Taxation | 31 Comments

Australia Institute gets belted

THE Australia Institute has been caught out using a massive economic deception to attack the mining industry and the jobs of mining workers across NSW. The Australia Institute must now be held to account for the jobs they have put … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Mining | 25 Comments

Monday Forum: September 15, 2014

Posted in Open Forum | 1,188 Comments

Nanny stater hectors us with stolen money

There is an op-ed in the Herald Sun about alcohol abuse: THERE was a time when Victoria led the way on public health measures; when the state was not afraid to embrace bold measures to reduce harm and to save … Continue reading

Posted in Take Nanny down | 43 Comments