Category Archives: Oppressive government

Big government and privacy

Chris Kenny is having a terrible two weeks. Last week he claimed that the Liberal Party was too libertarian. This week there is this howler: We have done infinitely more to undermine our own privacy than we ever would have … Continue reading

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Terry Barnes: Life is short but smokers’ lives are shorter. Legalise vaping now.

The much-anticipated House of Representatives committee report on e-cigarettes and personal vaporisers – in other words, vaping – was tabled on Wednesday. Very predictably, the majority of MPs came down in favour of the status quo: we don’t know the long-term risks of … Continue reading

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The best two sentences you’ll read all week

The big losers were Nick Xenophon and his SA-BEST candidates who look unlikely to win a single lower-house seat. Mr Xenophon was beaten in Hartley by sitting Liberal Vincent Tarzia who was given a hero’s welcome when he arrived at … Continue reading

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Dan Mitchell on death by spending and taxing

A historical survey with special attention to some US states like New Jersey. A couple of decades can make a huge difference in the political and economic life of a jurisdiction. Two decades ago, Venezuela had not yet been subjected … Continue reading

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More silliness on interchange fees

I found this gem in the Productivity Commission’s draft report on Competition in the Australian Financial System. The fees banks charge each other for card payments are passed on to merchants. These are, in turn, paid by consumers either as … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Market Economy, Oppressive government, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 32 Comments

ASADA up to its old tricks

We have made the point that ASADA views itself above the law of the land and above the Parliament. Well there is no let up. THE Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is fighting fresh attempts for key documents in the Essendon … Continue reading

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Allan Hird: ASADA out of control

ASADA is out of control. Let me repeat that: ASADA is out of control. In the Jessica Peris case it has shown a complete disdain for her rights and for the ASADA Act. The ASADA Act, drafted and enacted by … Continue reading

Posted in AFLgate, Hypocrisy of progressives, Oppressive government, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 17 Comments

Sunrise in Pyongyang

Not quite “Wake up, you sleepyhead”. From EVERY MORNING IN NORTH KOREA, THE MASSES ARE AWOKEN BY CREEPY SYNTH MUSIC BLASTING OVER LOUDSPEAKERS. Only a handful of comments at the site, but a quite interesting specimen of the mindset of … Continue reading

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George Brandis on privacy and secrecy

George Brandis in his farewell speech: For more than four years, I was the minister responsible for domestic national security. That period coincided with the escalation of Islamist terrorism at home and abroad. I believe that we got national security … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Oppressive government, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 19 Comments

What? No!

George Williams has an op-ed in The Australian this morning promoting a quick fix for the ‘problem’ of s44. The better option is to fix the underlying problem. A solution is provided by the Constitution itself. Section 34 sets out … Continue reading

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