Category Archives: Federal Politics

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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Budget Speech 2017

The right choices to secure better days ahead. Thank you Mr Speaker, I move that this Bill now be read a second time. For many years now, as our economy has gone through major changes, Australians have had to dig … Continue reading

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Our Debt Has Chosen to Identify Itself as Good

I wonder what my bank would say if I asked them to have more patience with my ‘good’ debt? Seriously, what drugs are Scott Morrison and this Liberal government on? The Treasurer said it’s “wise” for governments to borrow when … Continue reading

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What do you want from the university system?

Adam Creighton has an op-ed in the Australian this morning with a whole bunch of good and bad arguments. Let’s start with the bad: Australia’s universities soak up billions of dollars in public funds — $9.5 billion a year from … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Education | 64 Comments

The resources of the nation belong to the people

Will someone please convince me this isn’t economic idiocy: PM orders gas giants: Australian consumers first: Malcolm Turnbull will impose tough new restrictions on the country’s gas producers, introducing sweeping powers to block exports unless there are adequate supplies to … Continue reading

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Political parties are voluntary associations

Niki Savva has an op-ed talking about the problems the Liberal Party currently faces.  In summary, the Liberals are short on funds, short on talent, and short on voters. I don’t think anyone would be surprised by that description. Well, … Continue reading

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How does that slippery slope work?

So yesterday on the way home I was listening to Melbourne ABC radio.* They were interviewing Dr Bronwyn King (an oncologist) from Tobacco Free Portfolios. It was only during a meeting with a representative of her superannuation fund in 2010 that Bronwyn … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Superannuation | 27 Comments

Beer Politics

This is Bill Shorten attempting to skol a beer the other day. I say ‘attempting’, because in my books it can’t possibly count as a skol if you take more than 10 seconds and if Bob Hawke can do three in … Continue reading

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Does This Look Like a Government That Had ALL it Could Eat?

Sinclair Davidson brings our attention to these deeply troubling statements from our supposedly conservative, center-right treasurer: Mr Morrison emphasises that the Coalition understands that large businesses employ millions of Australians, which is why it took its enterprise tax plan to … Continue reading

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“One of the most disturbing recent developments”

Nikki Saava at her finest: One of the most amusing, or disturbing, recent developments has been the embrace of former Labor leader Mark Latham by sections of the hard right as their new darling. Almost as amusing and disturbing as … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics, Media, Philosophy | 73 Comments