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Stepping into a hot steaming pile

Cats.  Dear Cats.  Have have you ever had the misfortune of stepping into a fresh animal fecal deposit?  And worse.  No matter how carefully you try to clean your shoe, the smell lingers.  You wash, you spray, you scrub, but … Continue reading

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Parliamentary Sludge

Last week, ASIC did something game changing: … the chief corporate regulator threw out the 22-year-old rule book dictating fine print and product warnings should protect financial services consumers, in a move that prompted  the world’s top behavioural economists to … Continue reading

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The War on Climate

This weekend past, Judith Sloan wrote eloquently in the Australian about this so called Climate Emergency.  So said Judith:. I don’t really know what declaring a climate emergency even means. Should I rush out the back door and panic? Should … Continue reading

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Professor in Social Inclusion

Are You Ready? Deakin (University) is one of the new breeds of global universities – agile, dynamic and innovative. Don’t believe it? Just ask Deakin. They’ll tell you. But what is an agile, dynamic and innovative global university? Who knows, … Continue reading

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Pay Back

Here’s a proposition for punters out there. It has been demonstrated that the NSW Labor Party received a $100,000 donation that it was not legally permitted to receive.  It does not appear that those funds were returned.  The NSW ALP (presumably) … Continue reading

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What’s the problem?

This morning, the ALP announced a review of it’s NSW branch. NSW Labor opposition leader Jodi McKay said: There has been some shocking and appalling evidence that has arisen from the ICAC hearing. Federal Labor opposition leader Anthony Albanese said: … Continue reading

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Go early. Go hard. Go nuclear.

Much has been written on these Cat pages about the need for Australia to invest in and pursue nuclear energy.  Perhaps.  However, a more pressing need may be for Australia to invest in and pursue nuclear weapons. In 2007, Harvard political … Continue reading

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Herein lies the problem

Sinclair posted earlier this week about yet another poor decision by former PM Tony Abbott: I would return to parliament if the Liberals asked me, says Tony Abbott. Unfortunately TAFKAS arrived late to the party and did not get into … Continue reading

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Can you please make up your mind

Dear Prime Minister and Treasurer. Can you please make up your mind.  Please.  Particularly you Mr Treasurer. ASIC wants banks not to lend to people, but the RBA does. APRA wants superannuation funds and insurance companies to merge, but the … Continue reading

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How much tax payer money has been wasted on the NBN?

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