Author Archives: I am Spartacus

Life Imitating Life

One of my favorite quotes is from Benjamin Franklin who once said: They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. I was minded of this when I read the following … Continue reading

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Richard Denniss from the Ponds Institute on Penalty Rates

Dr Richard Denniss, Chief “Economist” of the Ponds Institute (referred to as The Australia Institute in more polite company) has writing an opinion piece purporting to be research on possible the impacts of the Fair Work Commission’s penalty rate proposals.  The … Continue reading

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Premier Weatherill’s latest energy plan

Make Electricity While You Exercise

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And Social Justice For All

Speaking at the ASIC annual forum, the Chairman of Australia’s corporate, credit and markets regulator ASIC, Greg Medcraft said: It’s not necessarily just complying with the law, it’s about what is the right thing,” And ACTU Secretary Sally McManus does … Continue reading

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Energy Policy – Oz Style

Writing for another state sponsored publication, Tim Colebatch, formerly of Fairfax, comments on Why gas prices went sky-high, and what governments need to do about it.  BTW, the state sponsored publication is Inside Story, produced by the Institute for Social … Continue reading

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I mean Lord Howe.  Hay man.  Does it get any worse than this. Phil Coorey in the AFR writes that Liberal Prime Minister Turnbull, that’s right Liberal Prime Minister says: Australia’s gas giants risk losing their “social licence” and could … Continue reading

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Mr Shorten – perhaps rotate this guy to a different portfolio

In one if his more inane attempts to push the ALP’s anti-business barrow, Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Spokesman for Competition and Productivity, Dr. Andrew Leigh, for a doctor he somehow is, writes in the Fairfax papers about the five faceless … Continue reading

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Minimum Wages and Penalty Rates – Industrial Policy or Social Policy

There has been a lot of vacuous sound and fury on the recent Fair Work Commission (FWC) decision regarding penalty rates. And much of the vacuous sound has been coming from the Federal Opposition. Really. What will it take for … Continue reading

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Not that there should be any doubt, but

Not that there should be any doubt, but for those still in doubt, these words should explain a lot. The words come from David Axelrod, who is described as Chief Strategist for Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns. In an interview with … Continue reading

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Your Tax Dollars At Work – Version 2

Gym at 9am anyone?  Pool at 9.30am?  Triple shot, almond milk, decaf, chai latte with a touch of honey? Executive Presentation anyone? How much of a bonus did the person who commissioned this get? Australia Post – Agile, innovative, personalized, … Continue reading

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