Category Archives: Budget

The 2018-19 Federal Budget: the Ghosts of Budgets Past

If all you did was listen to Treasurer Scott Morrison on budget night and the half-baked media commentary that followed, you could be forgiven for thinking that Australia has practically paid off its debt, the good times are already rolling … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Budgets Past

Despite having delivered Australia’s finest budget analysis for the last two years running, TMR still hasn’t received an invite to the budget green room. Consequently, while imbeciles like Shane Wright get to see what’s cooking in advance, TMR can only access … Continue reading

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Watering the Leaves

If you had a limited amount of water and could use it on a tree’s roots or leaves, which would you choose? Even Forrest Gump could probably tell you that his mamma always said that we put sprinklers on the … Continue reading

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Really?

Here is Alan Sunderland – editorial director of the ABC: I work for for a propd (sic) organisation that asks difficult questions, holds governments to account and speaks up for people who don’t have a voice – that will sit uncomfortably … Continue reading

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What about PEFO?

Yesterday I heard Mitch Fifield being interviewed on ABC radio. Listen from the 2.01 hour mark for the interview. At 2.09.36 mark we have this exchange: Epstein: That’s the same thing as saying it’s Labor’s fault you broke your promise. … Continue reading

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Pissheads at the RBA

Now I’m not a big of the RBA – I’d outsource most of it and shut down the rest – but some stories are a tad over the top. TAXPAYERS have been slugged a $166,000 booze bill over the last … Continue reading

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Stop spending other people’s money

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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

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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

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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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