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Let’s ban old people from voting

The best part of the Brexit victory is the ensuing head-explosions of the elites, the entitled, the Europhiles on the gravy train and the young’uns. Here is a piece from The Times, no less, which actually played a fairly straight … Continue reading

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You just can’t trust the plebs

because they are wrong, angry and spiteful. Just check out these words from Chris Dillow: The EU referendum raises a longstanding question in welfare economics: why should we pay attention to people’s preferences? The standard answer is that people know what … Continue reading

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Support from vested interests a cost to the economy

Getting back to parochial matters, the following is my take on the Victorian Andrews Government political playbook as published in the Herald Sun this morning A benefit of election campaigns is that while they are in progress politicians don’t have access to … Continue reading

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Still counting

Lord’s Prayer – 66 words 10 Commandments – 179 words Gettysburg address – 286 words EU regulations on the sale of cabbage – 26,911 words

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Fat tax: new ways of oppressing people and building regulatory empires

It was, I suppose inevitable. Hard on the heels of Philadelphia imposing a sugar tax on soft drinks to tax the fat poor in order to help them, along come The Greens revisiting their own policies of imposing a 20 … Continue reading

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Australia, the land of the regulator and regulated (re-posted)

Same post as prior.  Re-posted due to technical issues. This is Australia. There is probably no corner of the economy that is not regulated to some degree, whether regulation is required or not. I happen to work in the financial … Continue reading

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Federal election 2016: Labor’s NBN assumptions are implausible

Today in The Australian First there was the splurge on schools that will more than pay for itself (so long as you don’t mind waiting until your unborn grandchildren reach pension age). Then came the tertiary education spending that will … Continue reading

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Best joke of the campaign

Yes, I know there have been a few clangers from both sides of politics in the past few weeks but, come on, this must be the best – from Billy’s campaign launch speech: We will not be a big-spending government. … Continue reading

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The fraud and spending excesses behind the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal

Addressing independent truckers, Malcolm Turnbull  announced that the $4 million saved from the abolition of the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal (RSRT) will be diverted to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator, with extra money pumped into road safety programs such as … Continue reading

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Is gun-boat diplomacy good for the economy?

My RMIT colleague Jason Potts and I have a new working paper “The Stationary Bandit Model of Intellectual Property” up at SSRN. From the introduction: +++~~~+++ The first duty of government is to protect its citizens. Put the other way, … Continue reading

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