Category Archives: Federal Politics

How indirect is indirect?

Recently the High Court ruled that Bob Day was ineligible to be a Senator because he had an indirect pecuniary interest in the Commonwealth. The Liberals choose to bring that action and were successful in having Bob Day disqualified. So … Continue reading

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A question for “Electricity Bill”

It all about the electricity, Bill! What is the plan from the party that is the Light on the Hill to handle fuel poverty and the deindustrialization of the nation? That looks like an election-winning question except that it has … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics, Rafe | 61 Comments

With Friends Like Chris…

Whatever charred remains existed of what the Liberal Party once stood for, Chris Pyne managed to show up and empty his bladder on them last week. People like me have been calling out the ‘Turnbull Coalition’ for not upholding basic Liberal … Continue reading

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Stop spending other people’s money

Posted in Budget, Economics and economy | 22 Comments

Guest Post: Peter O’Brien on Tony Abbott’s second coming

I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that the knifing of Tony Abbott could be the best thing that has happened, politically, in recent years.  After all, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and, hopefully in Abbott’s case, wiser as … Continue reading

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Malcolm is too dumb to understand what Newman is saying

I am going to provide my own title for the story rather than use the headline from the subbie at The Oz who seems to have tried to obscure the point: Government projects chosen by dull-witted politicians like Malcolm Turnbull … Continue reading

Posted in Economics on the left, Federal Politics | 77 Comments

David Leyonhjelm guest post. Zombies and the Senate

The Turnbull Government has abandoned Abbott-era policies to cut government spending on welfare, health and education. These were the so-called ‘zombie’ measures that had been lurking in budget papers since 2014 but not legislated. Supposedly the Senate was to blame … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Guest Post | 8 Comments

David Leyonhjelm guest post. Means testing education support

When I proposed that child care subsidies be reduced where household income exceeds $250,000, and eliminated where it exceeds $350,000, the major parties wet their pants. I had the Government over a barrel so it said nothing, but Labor and … Continue reading

Posted in Education, Federal Politics, Guest Post | 27 Comments

Getting Evenitis

PVO in The Australian draws our attention this development: Just when you thought One Nation couldn’t become any more craven one of its senators has threatened to block the government’s budget measures unless ABC funding is slashed by $600m. Putting … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Federal Politics | 31 Comments

Accounting at the ABC

Did you ever wonder why the ABC’s budget figures never seem to quite add up? This is the government budgeting to have a $29.4 billion deficit for 2017-18 (page 11-7): In short: $433.5 billion in receipts; minus $459.7 billion in … Continue reading

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