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An understatement perhaps

ministers admit Germany still faces numerous challenges. That is German ministers and the challenge of managing and integrating refugees following Chancellor Merkel’s “temporary open-door asylum policy”. Here are some numbers as reported by the BBC: Asylum seekers in calendar year … Continue reading

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Who should be the next Health Minister?

When the AMA welcomes the prospect of Senator Arthur Sinodinos becoming the Health Minister, the PM should run a mile.  The last thing we need is another Health Minister cosying up to the doctor’s union.   The current President of … Continue reading

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Spot the inconsistency

Here’s a tip: never take public policy advice from a medical doctor. Here’s nanny-in-chief Professor (of public health) Stephen Leeder (a medical doctor he is) telling us that weight loss programs don’t work but that the state needs to intervene … Continue reading

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Shakira. Jamie Oliver. Ice Sculptures. Lavish parties. Concern for inequality. Welcome to Davos.

Here is a wonderful parody of Davos, whose attendees are so concerned about wealth and income inequality as well as climate change (gosh, what’s a few corporate jet and helicopter rides?): Hundreds of chambermaids, doormen and cocktail waiters have been … Continue reading

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Trump gives Davos a miss: sound

One of the reasons behind the first ever visit by a Chinese president to next week’s Davos boondoggle is that, as reported last week, president Xi was open to a meeting with US president-elect Donald Trump’s team, if clearly not … Continue reading

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Surprise, suprise: Bishop a no-show at polo

I guess she had forgotten to put the arrival of Japan’s prime minister in her diary; seems she has to be in Sydney and that clashes with the very important event, the Portsea Polo.  Gosh, she will be missing out … Continue reading

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If I were to call you something, it would not be a cynic

Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald this morning, Comrade Elizabeth Farrelly writes about proposed (urban) planning changes in Sydney. Call me a cynic, Sydney’s planning changes just won’t deliver. I won’t bore Cats with the essence of her article, but highlight … Continue reading

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Here is a question

One of the many ideas around reform of the US Constitution is the repeal of the 17th Amendment.  The 17th Amendment essentially changed the election of US Senators from a vote of the State Legislatures to a vote of the … Continue reading

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I Believe that Children Are Our Future

Writing for the Fairfax “media“, journalist, early childhood education consultant Lisa Bryant took exception with Senator David Leyonhjelm’s recent comments on childcare.  Not only calling Leyonhjelm ignorant, Bryant extended her critique to those who voted for him.  Presumably, that included yours truly: … Continue reading

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A Job for David Leyonhjelm

Writing for, Josie Appleton describes England’s Creeping Nanny State. Her article has some corkers in it: A church bell in Hertfordshire which had rung every 15 minutes for 140 years was silenced, after environmental health officers threatened the church with fines … Continue reading

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