Category Archives: Federal Politics

Australia’s chronic economic underperformance

I have this piece in Quadrant. It was triggered by this graphic presenting a 300 year review of the rise and fall of nations in the GDP stakes.  By 1913, the Western world’s living standards were two- to tenfold those of the rest … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Federal Politics | 7 Comments

David Leyonhjelm. Budget cuts? You must be kidding!

If the Government’s financial statements were subject to the same rules as a private company, Treasurer Frydenberg and Finance Minister Cormann would be at risk of going to jail. They are the Commonwealth Government’s version of the dodgy brothers. Their … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Guest Post | 8 Comments

“Destructive, mad, pointless”

Projection to its very core. A psychological study that will be examined long after the subject has left this mortal coil. Malcolm Turnbull’s Twitter spray over plan to automatically preselect Craig Kelly. Malcolm Turnbull today publicly urged successor Scott Morrison … Continue reading

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Wreckers and saboteurs without an ounce of policy sense

I have dwelt on the 45-40 party room tally when Malcolm was finally booted and have often wondered whether the score was actually: Skeptics 45 – Idiots and Buffoons 40. In the light of all this, what am I to … Continue reading

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Whose Money is it?

Are you enjoying your hamster-wheel yet? Would you like another carrot cube? (TMR) If we didn’t allow our federal government, its agencies and quangos to become so big in the first place, we would not be debating the need for a … Continue reading

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And behind it all is Malcolm

The inanity revealed in the Coalition is something to behold: Liberal deserter Julia Banks fuels chaos in Coalition ranks. What Ms Banks thinks the major issue of our day is remains unrevealed, other than that Peter Dutton should have his … Continue reading

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Political madness on three fronts

I will mash these all together rather than put up three posts since they really are all about the same kind of thing: political madness. First there is the disaster with the re-election of Dan Andrews, but I am not … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Federal Politics, Global warming and climate change policy, Politics of the Left | 50 Comments

ALP adopts direct action

Remember how the ALP laughed and sniggered and carried on about the Coalition’s Direct Action policy. How the ALP were the party of “market solutions”? Yes? Well it seems direct action is now bipartisan policy. Labor will end a decade … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics, Global warming and climate change policy | 47 Comments

A bit of background on Malcolm

I put this up on line back in February 2015 just as Malcolm was about to lead the knifing of Tony Abbott. Title turned out to be wrong – I did vote for him – but the post was extraordinarily … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics, Media | 21 Comments

Presidents and Parliaments

I don’t wish to dwell on this in particular, but let me start here: Trump slammed outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., tweeting that Ryan “should be focusing on holding the Majority” instead of weighing in on the president’s push … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics, Politics | 38 Comments