Author Archives: I am Spartacus

What do you call a crooked union official in jail

What do you call a crooked union official in jail?  A good start?  Not enough?  Desirée?  All of the above? As reported in the AFR: Derrick Belan, the former head of the National Union of Workers NSW, has been sentenced … Continue reading

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Where every failure is punished with more money and power

The United States has the largest number of people in jail. And not per capita but in absolute terms. Yes, despite a population of around 1/4 of China (325 m vs 1.4 billion), there are more people in US jails … Continue reading

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18C bottles handing on the wall

As Cats and others who pay attention to news in Australia will know, there have been some horrible (alleged) child abuse incidents in the Northern Territory recently reported.  Spartacus has long wanted to write something on the matter but has been … Continue reading

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You Choose

Spartacus is currently reading a wonderful book by Jonah Goldberg called Suicide of the West.  Highly, very highly, recommended.  And it is rather topical at the moment with the on going discussion of the teaching of Western Civilisation in Australian … Continue reading

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Catallaxy Exclusive – Correcting Taxes Discriminating Against Australian Public Servants

In Canberra today, the Australian Greens announced a new tax fairness policy to remedy a design fault in the current system. According to the Greens, it seems that it is only Australian public servants (local, state and Federal) who have been … Continue reading

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Deja Vu

Deja Vu is is a French expression meaning the feeling that the situation currently being experienced has already been experienced in the past.  But could it be Deja Verkers Union. Spartacus just stumbled across this article from the Los Angeles Times.  … Continue reading

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Peter Moron from the land of Fairfax

Never let facts or reality get in the way of a baseless and idiotic identity politics agenda.  Nowadays it seems feelings and intentions are more important that facts and outcomes. Peter Moron, sorry Martin, is the economics editor of The Age.  … Continue reading

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The Halo Effect

Imagine if you will, a large Australian organisation with the following characteristics. The Chairman and Deputy Chairman are both executives of the organisation, contrary to all the claims about best practice governance necessitating the separation of roles of Chairman and … Continue reading

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Let’s have gender neutral book burning

In a wonderful article in the Spectator Australia, the IPA’s Dr Bella d’ Abrera writes about the proposal by Manningham and Melbourne City Councils: to remove from their respective kindergartens, schools and libraries all books and toys deemed to enforce gender stereotypes. Basically … Continue reading

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You may not want Queensland, but Queensland wants you

For those Cats who are not residents of Queensland, yesterday’s Queensland budget should worry you and worry you a great deal. Based on Gross State Product, Queensland is Australia’s 3rd largest state accounting for about 18.2% of the Australian economy … Continue reading

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