Category Archives: Budget

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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The 2017-18 Federal Budget: Taxing Our Way to Prosperity

Every year, the government seems to make it harder to really see what they’re doing with our money in the budget – whether by renaming things, requiring an extra click or two to access various papers or simply by the … Continue reading

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Buried in the footnotes

On 9 May 2017, the Treasurer directed that the maximum face value of CGS that can be on issue is $600 billion That is footnote 3 on page 8 of section 7 of Budget Paper 1. Vital information like that … Continue reading

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