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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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Despair

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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Housing Affordability

The public policy issue du jour at the moment seems to be housing affordability.  Federal, State, Local politicians, not to mention all the policy boffins all seem to be into it.  Every day, another idea and proposed solution.  But to … Continue reading

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Your Tax Dollars At Work

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Australian Labor Party – the party of the workers

I was just watch Chris Bowen on the Insiders.  He spoke with such passion about the impact of the Fair Work Commission’s determination on penalty rates.  He mentioned also the notion of community standards as it relates to Sunday work (he … Continue reading

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Justice and Human Rights – Academic Style

Writing for Foreign Policy magazine is Rebecca Hamilton who is described as: an Australian, is an assistant professor of law at American University, Washington College of Law. She previously worked at the International Criminal Court. Foreign Policy magazine is a … Continue reading

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