Category Archives: Federal Politics

Bit of an own goal

Something I found on twitter: We, Australian taxpayers, pay $1.08 BILLION each year for offshore processing. That’s about $650k PER refugee PER year. It is an insane waste of YOUR money — Julian Burnside (@JulianBurnside) August 3, 2018 My … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, National Security, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 65 Comments

Cry me a river

Five by-elections and not one victory. I’m revising my view that the Turnbull government can win the next election but might not, to that they probably can’t win. Here is Simon Benson: The LNP has serious issues with its candidate … Continue reading

Posted in Elections, Federal Politics | 55 Comments

The purity wing of the political right

Here’s how it is. The only president on our side of the fence is Donald Trump, just as the only Prime Minister on the Liberal side is Malcolm Turnbull. All present alternatives from other political parties are worse, much worse. … Continue reading

Posted in American politics, Federal Politics | 68 Comments

David Leyonhjelm on the assisted suicide deal

The making of laws is like the making of sausages—the less you know about the process, the more you respect the result. My approach to law-making is often pretty simple: when legislation clearly undermines the small government principles of the … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics, Rafe | 63 Comments

David Leyonhjelm guest post on the tax cuts.

David Leyonhjelm on the tax cuts. Marginally better than nothing.

Posted in Federal Politics, Guest Post | 19 Comments

The wages of waste

Personally, I care not at all about the headline issue: At $528,000 a year, Turnbull’s pay is highest of any leader in OECD. PDT is not taking any salary at all so the price mechanism doesn’t always reflect relative value … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Federal Politics | 35 Comments

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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David Leyonhjelm guest post on the budget

When someone does something they shouldn’t, it’s often the cover-up that heralds their downfall rather than the original error. In Tuesday’s budget the Coalition Government broke its commitment to offset new spending measures with reductions in spending elsewhere. For a … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Federal Politics, Guest Post | 19 Comments

How the Libs can win where Labor will never follow

There are certain political observers who would have seen Labor elected in 2016 to teach the Libs a lesson, but I have to say the thought still terrifies me. There are then those in the Coalition who believe that their … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics, Politics | 98 Comments

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

Posted in Budget, Federal Politics | Tagged , , , , | 58 Comments