Author Archives: The Artist Formerly Known As Spartacus

Federation Fail and Constitutional Reform

Imagine if you will that the final report of the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry was presented to the Australian Banks and financial services industry rather than the government, and it was then … Continue reading

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Free money for everyone. Free money.

Just when I thought I was out…they pull me back in. In yesterday’s AFR, Alan Mitchell suggested that technocrats be put in charge of fiscal policy because technocrats were doing such a wonderful job of monetary policy.  Well.  When the rubber … Continue reading

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What happens when governments fiddle with the economy

Further to TAFKAS’ earlier post this morning, here is an interesting story: A Danish bank is offering mortgages at a 0.5% negative interest rate — meaning it is basically paying people to borrow money No.  That’s not a typo: Jyske … Continue reading

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Government – the Infantiliser

One of the biggest problems of big and ever bigger government is that infantilses people.  It creates the belief that all problems can be fixed by government when actually most problems are actually caused by government.  Take this contribution from … Continue reading

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Gillian Triggs appointed Assistant High Commissioner for Protection

Just reported in the Australian: Gillian Triggs appointed Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Hahahahaha.  Now the rest of the world can suffer also.  Triggs will relocate to Geneva Switzerland for this role. If Foreign Minister Payne had anything to do … Continue reading

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TAFKAS is not a climate scientist, but

Disclosure.  TAFKAS accepts that the climate changing.  It has been changing for thousands of years.  That does not mean that TAFKAS believes that Australia should commit economic suicide so that a (relative) handful of people can fly on private jets … Continue reading

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Speaking freely

There have been many issues of late about the regulation and freedom of speech in Australia.  This is a good thing.  If we did not have at least some degree of freedom, there would be no such discussion.  From the … Continue reading

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The Right to Set Your Hair on Fire

Earlier this week, the High Court made a decision on the case of Michaela Banerji. In an unanimous decision, the High Court: upheld a decision to sack a public servant, Michaela Banerji, for anonymous social media posts that criticised the … Continue reading

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Selection not election

Kristina Keneally is a Senator from the great state of NSW.  She is in the Senate, not because she was elected, but because she was selected by the NSW ALP.  Senator Keneally is also the deputy leader of the opposition … Continue reading

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It’s easy to be generous with other people’s money

What a Dick Smith. Hot on the heals of his complaint about receiving $500,000 in franking credit refunds, Dick Smith is now suggesting that the NewStart allowance should be increased by $75 per week.  Boy oh boy is Dick generous. … Continue reading

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