Author Archives: I am Spartacus

Opinion or Gossip

Emerging from a 2.5 month silence, Niki Savva has re-emerged in the pages of the Oz with (yet another after another) defence of Prime Minister Turnbull – Turnbull is flawed but only he can win for the Libs.  Savva’s contribution today: … Continue reading

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Tax or Spend

Earlier this week, Adam Creighton wrote in the Oz about a large bubble if interest only loans due to convert to interest and principle – Home loan truths: interest-only borrowers face $120bn time bomb. Also recently, Merryn Somerset Webb wrote … Continue reading

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You know you are living in a police state when

You know you are living in a police state when you get 8 months in jail and a 12 month driving ban, not for speeding, but for having a laser jammer and giving the police the finger. But don’t fret.  … Continue reading

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Sheltered Workshops

In yesterday’s Australian, Adam Creighton wrote a wonderful piece on the state of the Australian Financial Services “industry” – Time we lifted the lid on these sheltered workshops. Whilst waiting for someone to lodge a complaint against Creighton and the Oz … Continue reading

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No Dr Gigi – We Don’t Want Your Advice

Arrogance.  Thy name is Public Servant Academic.  Actually Dr Public Sector Academic. Reported today in the Daily Telegraph, High-profile academics go public to push Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to increase taxes.  Gee.  A bunch of people who would not know what … Continue reading

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Commission Royale

Spartacus is amused.   Sort of. Whilst not at all discounting some of the abhorrent behaviour thus far highlighted in the Banking Royal Commission, a little bit of perspective is necessary. Absolutely positively, the bad behaviour identified at the Banking Royal … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Mr Jefferson

Today would have been the 275th birthday of Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the US Declaration of Independence and the 3rd President of the United States. The importance of his words in the Declaration of Independence, even today, should … Continue reading

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TSR – The Spartacus Review

Yesterday, Spartacus was reading Marcus’ contribution on energy “policy” – We Need the Government to Do What?!.  (PS highly recommended to the Cats). Marcus’ description of the exchange between Credlin, Bernardi and Reece did not really surprise Spartacus, but given some … Continue reading

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Think Prove Speak

Whilst there is some doubt as to who actually wrote it first, one contender was Mark Twain who wrote: It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt And stepping into the … Continue reading

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Peter Van Badham in the Oz

Writing late this afternoon in the Australian, Peter Van Onselen expressed his view that Israel Folau has right to expression but sponsors have right of reply. This is a fair point of view.  But Van Onselen also wrote this as his … Continue reading

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