Category Archives: Treasury

Treasury makes arithmetic errors?

Laurie Oakes writing in the Herald Sun: There had been another stark example of Turnbull being let down a day earlier, when Treasurer Scott Morrison introduced legislation for proposed Budget savings that turned out to contain a $100 million error. … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Treasury | 27 Comments

Them’s fighting words

Robert Gottliebson on Treasury: Treasury for years has deliberately issued false statements about the cost of superannuation to the Australian nation and, unfortunately, has no credibility in giving advice on this subject. (Treasury’s hoax is tormenting the super debate, March … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Treasury | 7 Comments

Memo to Sussan Ley: It’s the cover up not the stuff up II

We have been following the dodgy “3.4% decline in tobacco clearances” claim here at the Cat for some time (here, here, here …). It even inspired a this magnificent clip: Senator David Leyonhjelm has been pursuing this is the Parliament. … Continue reading

Posted in Plain Packaging, Take Nanny down, Treasury | 25 Comments

The dumbest story on economic management I have read this year

This is the headline at The Oz: Wages growth risks sinking budget hopes. Over how many years did I see such headlines, and how many years did I spend trying to deal with the problem of wages growth? So I … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Treasury | 20 Comments

Memo to Sussan Ley: It’s the cover up not the stuff up …

The Department of Health still have an erroneous claim up on their website: But when it first went up in June 2014 it looked somewhat different: It looks like the Department of Health has added a few sentences. Well, atually, … Continue reading

Posted in Hypocrisy of progressives, Plain Packaging, Take Nanny down, Treasury | 25 Comments

Be afraid

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull should be very concerned about a headline in the AFR this morning: The story itself says this: Selling controversial tax changes to the public such as an increase in the GST will be a long and … Continue reading

Posted in Treasury | 47 Comments

Tony Makin strikes back

Last week the Minerals Council published a monograph by Tony Makin. A hard hitting analysis of the economic mismanagement of the previous government: A blistering analysis released today undermines claims that 200,000 jobs were saved by the stimulus as based … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Federal Politics, Treasury | 43 Comments

Australian Treasury

David Uren argues that Martin Parkinson, Treasury Secretary, should be kept in place under a Coalition Government because Installing a Coalition-friendly outsider – names mentioned include NSW Treasury head and former Peter Costello chief of staff Phil Gaetjens, and John Howard’s … Continue reading

Posted in Treasury | 25 Comments

Harry gets mugged by reality

I’ve tried to be generous to the Gillard Government because of the overly critical reaction to it by the Murdoch press – by Ergas, Sloan and the hired lackeys of the IPA etc. But the way the superannuation issue has … Continue reading

Posted in 2013 election, Treasury | 72 Comments

Sauce for the gander: superannuation taxes on bureaucrats

Superannuation withdrawals were made tax free in 2006 by Peter Costello. Labor stalwarts, Bill Kelty, Garry Weaven and Nick Sherry were major architects of the Keating superannuation measures and Weaven remains a key player.  They are all campaigning against the … Continue reading

Posted in Federal Politics, Treasury | 118 Comments