Category Archives: Guest Post

Guest Post: Bret Ashley – On behavioural economics

Ulysses: “I want to listen to the sirens” Behavioural Economist: “Sure, that’s your choice, but would you want a rope?” The detractors of this behavioural science (yes, multiple times on this blog) are quick to label Behavioural Economists as “tyrants”, … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm guest post. The Nanny State

The Senate Nanny State Inquiry, which I chaired, has ended due to the election. Its seven short reports, available on the Parliament House website, make sobering and even disturbing reading. Throughout the inquiry – during public hearings and in submissions … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Hypocrisy of progressives, Oppressive government, Shut it down. Fire them all., Take Nanny down | 29 Comments

Guest Post: Michael Potter – The case for company tax cuts

Another day, another argument that taxes should be higher. This time, it is the Age arguing that the case for company tax cuts is weak. First, the article oddly states that the costs of the tax cut are being “scarcely … Continue reading

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Cross post: Marcus – the 2016-17 Budget

If you want simple, no-nonsense budget analysis that can’t be found anywhere else, then read on. All figures have been sourced from the official 2016-17 budget papers and are presented so that you can form your own opinion. For some fun at … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Bruce of Newcastle – Electricity Shock!

This week’s Essential poll included the following question: The Labor Party recently announced their policy to tackle climate change which includes a target of reducing Australia’s carbon emissions by 45% by 2030 (compared to the Coalition Government’s target of 26-28%) … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Terry Barnes – Tobacco excise – both sides should be ashamed but is the Coalition now open to harm reduction alternatives?

There’s much excitement about Chris Bowen’s tobacco excise black hole. As breathlessly reported by Laurie Oakes last night, the Coalition is pinching Labor’s plan to slug smokers an extra 12.5 per cent excise per year until 2020, but Treasury estimates … Continue reading

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Guest post. David Leyonhjelm’s Senate election prediction

When the politicians convene in Canberra in the depths of winter later this year, the headlines will read ‘the more things change, the more they stay the same’. Prime Minister Turnbull will flash a forced smile as he walks past … Continue reading

Posted in 2016 election, Guest Post, Rafe | 59 Comments

Guest Post: Rob Carruthers – Delcons & Defcons

The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies. Robert Conquest’s third law of politics explains the Liberal Party and why you should vote for … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Allan Hird – Arrogance and Ignorance from the ASADA CEO

In the attached article in the Age the ASADA CEO has once again displayed his ignorance of Australia’s system of government. McDevitt, the ASADA chief, has previously told Fairfax Media “if the government deemed a Senate inquiry necessary, ASADA would … Continue reading

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Guest post: David Leyonhjelm’s alternative budget

This year’s budget provides an opportunity to return Australia to a path of fiscal responsibility. Rather than promising everyone some candy, the government needs to win back its credibility by demonstrating a clear plan to return the budget to surplus … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Economics and economy, Guest Post, Rafe, Taxation | 29 Comments