Author Archives: Sinclair Davidson

Monday Forum: November 13, 2017

Posted in Open Forum | 1,542 Comments

Clive Hamilton and Sinophobia

A few years ago Clive Hamilton wrote a very strange article in The Guardian that lead to this editorial statement (emphasis added): This article was amended soon after publication on 18 February 2014 to correct the headline, a misreported statistic … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives | 29 Comments

The Age used to be a newspaper of record

Posted in Media | 42 Comments

What should government do on the blockchain?

Satoshi Nakamoto said Bitcoin would be “very attractive to the libertarian viewpoint”. The pioneers of cryptocurrencies were cypherpunks or crypto-anarchists who wanted to use this new invention to escape the state’s monopoly on money. We’re sympathetic to this — as we argued … Continue reading

Posted in Cryptoeconomics | 13 Comments

Imports and Jobs

I saw this graph at Carpe Diem and wondered what the Australian equivalent would look like. So a quick visit to the ABS (I couldn’t easily find real imports of goods and services, so nominal will have to do) and … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy | 33 Comments

Open Forum: November 11, 2017

Posted in Open Forum | 1,353 Comments

Nudge and utopia

My RMIT colleagues Swee Hoon Chuah, Robert Hoffmann and Jason Potts have edited a special issue of the Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy. The early views are here. Chris Berg and I put in our 2c. Libertarian paternalists have to … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy | 27 Comments

Government employees support government policy

The Productivity Commission believes the federal parliament should go ahead with its legislated plan to impose GST on low value imported goods. That’s surprising.

Posted in Economics and economy, Taxation | 33 Comments

Wednesday Forum: October 8, 2017

Posted in Open Forum | 1,750 Comments

Different laws for the little people …

Here is Paul Kelly explaining the Turnbull voluntary scheme to comply with the constitution: The proposal backed by cabinet is consistent with the principles Turnbull has outlined for days: no third-party auditor, no onus-of-proof reversal and putting responsibility on MPs … Continue reading

Posted in Rule of law | 16 Comments