Category Archives: Shut it down. Fire them all.

Maintain the rage

Facebook reminds me that today is the fifth anniversary of Margaret Thatcher‘s death. Here is how the ABC covered the news.

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Never mind the Deep State, look at regulation

Dan Mitchell on the Deep Administration State in Washington DC. We have our own swamp as well of course. What’s the greatest threat to liberty in America? …the enormous rogue beast known as the administrative state. Sometimes called the regulatory … Continue reading

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Over-reaction much?

Here is Peter Dutton telling the crazy lefties how it is: Some of the crazy lefties at the ABC, and on The Guardian, HuffingtonPost, can express concern and draw mean cartoons about me and all the rest of it. They … Continue reading

Posted in Cultural Issues, Hypocrisy of progressives, Libertarians don't live by argument alone, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 101 Comments

Another day, another tax

The Fairfax media are reporting that a $5 tax will be applied to parcels entering Australia. A discussion paper obtained by Fairfax Media shows department is considering ways to balance the bio-security budget, which is under pressure by the explosion … 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

Beware universal basic income schemes

A number of cogent reasons to be wary. 1. Human house cats. 2. Levers of centralisation. 3. Romantic politics. 4. Affordability. 5. Eroding community spirit. 6. Heterogeneity of income requirements. Alfred Marshall 1893 liberty quote. On universal pension schemes. My … Continue reading

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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

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Let’s recriminalise adultery

Couples seen in each other’s company should, in future, be required to produce their marriage certificate or sign a stat dec that they are not rooting. Tooting is still acceptable. Politicians especially should not fornicate with anyone. Making love to … 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

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