Author Archives: I am Spartacus

Real Jobs in Renewable Energy

Apparently, as reported in The Australian, the Leader of the Opposition, the Honorable Bill Shorten declared that: “proper renewable energy policy” will create jobs for Australians. “There are real jobs, not just jobs for the scientists, but jobs for blue … Continue reading

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Treasury Tax Expenditures Statement – Here We Go Again

It is that time of the year again when Treasury releases its “Tax Expenditures Statement”.  You know, the statement that essentially complaints that taxes are not high enough and if only Treasury had its way, another $100 billion plus dollars could … Continue reading

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Hat tip – Geoengineering

A very interesting piece by Bjorn Lomborg in Project Syndicate on geoengineering is here. This is one of the more interesting lines: Research for the Copenhagen Consensus, the think tank I direct, has shown that spending just $9 billion on … Continue reading

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More Fake News

This chart, without detail of where the data comes from is the type rubbish that is circulating the internet as a form of critique of President Trump’s order relating to migration. I don’t have a view on the right or … Continue reading

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Donald Trump Executive Orders – a bit of context

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The Craziest Regulations in the Obama Era

Writing in the Washington Free Beacon, Elizabeth Harrington writes about The Craziest Regulations in the Obama Era. This was my personal favourite: Pigs on Airplanes The Department of Transportation authorized pigs to fly as “emotional support” animals in 2012. The rules … Continue reading

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Black Economy Taskforce – invitation for public comment

You have 4 weeks.  That’s right.  4 weeks to submit your comments, which will likely be ignored, to the Black Economy Taskforce. Don’t be fooled by the scary name “Black Economy”.  This is about getting rid of cash and forcing people … Continue reading

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President Obama

On the eve of the swearing in of the 45th President of the USA, Donald J. Trump (what does the J. stand for?), Ilya Shapiro wrote an excellent article in the Federalist: Top 10 Ways Obama Violated The Constitution During … Continue reading

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Anti Competitive Behaviour

Published in Business Insider today, Federal Labor MP and Shadow Assistant Treasurer, Shadow Minister for Competition & Productivity, Shadow Minister for Trade in Services and Shadow Minister for Charities and Not-for-Profits, the Hon. Andrew Leigh writes about Why the battle … Continue reading

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I have to share this

There is a fantastic blog I read called the Streetwise Professor.  The professor in this case is Craig Pirrong of the University of Houston.  He writes some wonderful stuff and has a wonderful turn of phrase. In a recent post, … Continue reading

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