Author Archives: Sinclair Davidson

Q&A Forum: May 25, 2015

Posted in Open Forum | 345 Comments

Pull the other one

It now turns out that former Army chief Lieutenant General David Morrison’s office knew about a sex scandal in the military long before it went public and just in time to reinforce the then Labor government’s misogyny attack on the … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics, National Security | 56 Comments

Monday Forum: May 25, 2015

Posted in Open Forum | 826 Comments

Welfare recipients take cruises

Here is a some interesting news: Australia’s booming cruise industry seems to have happened too fast for Federal Government agencies, unable to keep up with passenger arrivals. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has revealed it’s undertaking analysis to … Continue reading

Posted in Budget | 74 Comments

Government officials are not omniscient

Pyrmonter sent me a link to a magnificent Alex cartoon. This captures a sentiment that we see a lot in economic commentary – the view that the monetary authority (and sometimes the Treasury too) is somehow omniscient. That these economic … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Finance, Financial Services | 4 Comments

Forever a stranger

For some or other reason Greg Craven thinks he is a conservative – if memory serves the man is a republican – but he writes well and is very witty. So he gets a regular gig at The Australian. Perhaps … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story | 69 Comments

Open Forum: May 23, 2015

Posted in Open Forum | 1,186 Comments

Merda taurorum animas conturbit

Once upon a time economists made their arguments in long, discursive, often contradictory books about pin factories andnewspaper beauty contests. Verbally oriented people like me tend to extol those days, but to most modern economists they were the dark ages. In the 1940s … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy | 28 Comments

How is that feral cross bench voting?

One of the things that has really annoyed me about the Abbott government narrative is how they have faced a feral cross bench in the Senate. Well the numbers are in: The Labor Party, Nick Xenophon, and the Greens have … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics | 38 Comments

The last warminista

I’ve found myself warming (hehehehe) to Graham Richardson over the years: If all that isn’t bad enough, I am starting to feel like the lone Japanese soldier stranded on a long-forgotten Pacific island still fighting a war for a lost … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy | 27 Comments