Category Archives: Shut it down. Fire them all.

What they said: You can trust the ABC edition

ABC Chairman Justin Milne: Trust is what we do at the ABC. ABC employee: … We’re talking about ease of storytelling … … I accept you might have written the book on the RMIT payroll but that’s immaterial to viewers … … that’s not … Continue reading

Posted in Shut it down. Fire them all., Taking out the trash | 27 Comments

ABC is deliberately misleading

There has been a great hullabaloo surrounding Chris Berg and my book Against Public Broadcasting:  Why and how we should privatise the ABC.  Even before it was published The Guardian and Senator Kristina Keneally began pushing the line that this book was … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Books and writing, Politics of the Left, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 75 Comments

ABC journos and opinion

Hamish MacDonald tells us that ABC journalists are not allowed to express opinions: In an aggressive interview with senator Eric Abetz on Wednesday, Radio National Breakfast presenter Hamish Macdonald declared “at the ABC we’re not allowed to express opinions as hosts of … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Rafe, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 13 Comments

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

Posted in Shut it down. Fire them all., Taxation | 64 Comments

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

Posted in AFLgate, Oppressive government, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 12 Comments