Author Archives: I am Spartacus

Kerry O’Brien say ABC journalists are not very good

In a standard ABC programmatic love-in-oscopy, resident ABC Communist Phillip Adams interviewed retired ABC journalist Kerry O’Brien on the need for public broadcasting.  Oh and O’Brien joined the program via telephone from his home in, drum roll please, Byron Bay. The … Continue reading

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Are you a NAB shareholder

If you are a shareholder of the NAB, consider this. Your Chairman is Dr Ken Henry AC.  Dr Henry, not that long ago was the Secretary of the Commonwealth Treasury.  He was the lead Treasury official during 1st Government of Kevin … Continue reading

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What is the difference between the Government and the State

Perhaps this is a nuanced question, but it is of fundamental importance in a liberal democracy. A government is the administrative tool of the state.  They are not the same, but in certain situations they can converge.  For example in … Continue reading

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Why did the ABC employee cross the road

Why did the ABC employee cross the road?  Why?  To join the protests for increased taxes and increased public service and (by inference) ABC salaries. Now Spartacus realises that this is his second rant on the subject this week, the … Continue reading

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Chutzpah – Labcrap

Chutzpah is a magnificent word.  It carries so much meaning in just a couple of syllables.  What it means is the quality of audacity, for good or for bad, at least according to Wikipedia. Chutzpah is an old Yiddish word, and … Continue reading

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Catallaxy Exclusive – Labor Announces GST Gender Equalisation Policy

The Australian Labor Party believes in fairness and justice.  Every one should achieve the same outcomes, no matter their gender, race or sexual orientation.  Discrimination, especially outcome discrimination, needs to be erased from our hearts, our minds and especially from … Continue reading

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Long Weekend Reading

For those Cats out there looking for a good book to read over the long weekend, here are 2 options.  They are both “interesting” but would likely be even more interesting if read while highly intoxicated.  And both are available … Continue reading

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Catallaxy Exclusive – Unfair tax cuts preference tax payers over non-tax payers

In a Catallaxy Files exclusive, opposition Treasury spokesman Chris Bowen has confirmed the results of research the Labor Party commissioned from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO).  Mr Bowen said: The PBO has clearly shown that the unfair Turnbull Government tax … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Wars

This post is probably surplus to Cat requirements, but Spartacus feels the need, the need for screed. Alright.  It is that time in the annual calendar when minimum wages and the employment effects there from are the issues du jour.  … Continue reading

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No more fat to cut

Your’s, mine and their ABC.  No fat to cut so says News director Gaven Morris. Make no mistake, there is no more fat to cut at the ABC. Any more cuts to the ABC cut into the muscle of the organisation. … Continue reading

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