Category Archives: Politics

Our international reputation for green political stupidity continues to grow

Let me start with this suggestion: IT MUST BECOME ILLEGAL FOR ANY INDIVIDUAL OR BUSINESS PROVIDING CONTRIBUTIONS TO POLITICAL PARTIES TO BE GIVEN A GOVERNMENT SUBSIDY OF ANY KIND TO UNDERTAKE ANY FORM OF INFRASTRUCTURE CONSTRUCTION IN AUSTRALIA. Let me … Continue reading

Posted in Global warming and climate change policy, Politics | 13 Comments

George Polites RIP

One of the greatest political geniuses of Australian history has just today gone to God, aged 100. He was the representative of employers across Australia from the 1950s through until the 1980s, with his great achievement the formation of the … Continue reading

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Stephen Hicks, interviews with entrepreneurs

Stephen Hicks is coming to town in March to talk about postmodernism and many other things. He has several strings to his bow and one of his interests is the way that entrepreneurs go about their business. He has conducted … Continue reading

Posted in Innovation, Philosophy, Politics, Rafe | 1 Comment

One mandate to rule them all?

PvO has an article in The Australian supporting Trump – specifically supporting Trump’s mandate to build a wall between the US and Mexico. I wouldn’t exactly describe myself as Donald Trump’s biggest supporter, which makes writing this piece harder than … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Taxation | 40 Comments

Is every protester an extremist?

Tony Abbott is in the paper this morning being soft on crime and tough on protesters. The former prime minister also said that “kid-glove policing” was no excuse for the rally. Victoria Police has been widely criticised for more than … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals | 49 Comments

Repugnance and compulsory voting

This morning my social media accounts have filled up with politicians engaging in virtue signalling. There was an altercation yesterday between “far right” groups and anti-racism groups (apparently not “far left” groups) at St. Kilda beach. Unfortunately the term “far … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Rule of law | 141 Comments

No cry-babies in politics

Peter Dutton is being widely quoted in the media this morning: “Malcolm had a plan to become Prime Minister but no plan to be Prime Minister,” was Mr Dutton’s damning evaluation. Heh. The last person who had both a plan … Continue reading

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Was Julia Banks ever a Liberal?

I have little sympathy for Julia Banks’ bullying claims – it is the job of a member of Parliament to stand up to the executive and hold them to account. MPs are insulated from many of the pressures everyone else … Continue reading

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Six months is going to be a long time in politics

The Morrison government has lost another seat in federal parliament, with Julia Banks announcing she will immediately move to the crossbench as an independent. Ms Banks, the member for Chisholm, announced she will sit as an independent for the rest … Continue reading

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Presidents and Parliaments

I don’t wish to dwell on this in particular, but let me start here: Trump slammed outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., tweeting that Ryan “should be focusing on holding the Majority” instead of weighing in on the president’s push … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics, Politics | 38 Comments