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Super changes? Let’s take a hard look at the facts

In The Australian today “The taxation concession on superannuation earnings in retirement is unsustainable,” Chris Bowen said last week. And “someone has to show the courage to say it and to deal with it”.

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Conference on the history of conscription in Australia

Should have put this up earlier, next Saturday I will be in Melbourne to deliver a paper at The Great Debate: Conscription and National Service 1912-1972. This conference examines the history, politics, controversy and experience around the periods in Australian … Continue reading

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Anti-fossil fuels agitprop may harm Australia

As part of the agitprop for Paris in December, the web is awash with green activist material claiming massive subsidies to fossil fuel.  The IMF got into the act with a recent research report claiming $5.3 Trillion a year is … Continue reading

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Guest post, review by Michael James.

Rod Liddle, Selfish Whining Monkeys: How we Ended Up Greedy, Narcissistic and Unhappy (Fourth Estate, 2014). Many readers of Catallaxy will be familiar with Rod Liddle from his column in The Spectator, where he regularly and entertainingly debunks the hypocrisy … Continue reading

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Did Bowen really say that?

I was reading Terry McCrann this morning and he quoted Shadow Treasurer as saying: Tax concessions don’t just happen – a tax concession for one person is paid for by higher taxes on another. I wondered whether Terry had made … Continue reading

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It’s really the government’s

I really can’t get over the illiberal nature of so many of the shrill comments made by journalists in relation to superannuation. It really seems to stick in their craw that some people should earn more than others (by being … Continue reading

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The disability dilemma

I came across this interesting analysis of what has happened to the disability support pension in the UK.  Recall that the Cameron government undertook a major revamp of the hugely expensive and growing system of disability income support. At great … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm, guest post on taxes

From The Fin Review Whichever way you look at it, our taxes are high. They are high by historic standards. Fifty years ago, taxes were around $5,000 per person after adjusting for inflation. This grew to around $8,000 per person … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 22 May

Breaking news. Nigel Lawson on the ABC! Jo Nova retrieving some value from the wreck of the Lomborg centre at UWA. Why does the Left kowtow to Islam? The American left has spent the past few weeks trying to tell … Continue reading

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The renewable scam: a never ending story

In an article in The Australian today the head of Origin Energy, Grant King, suggests the industry would be hard pressed to build the amount of capacity our callow political leaders have determined we should accept as part of the “compromise” … Continue reading

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