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Americans love their titles

For a country formed as a rejection of monarchy and supposedly with an aversion to titles, Americans are far more title-obsessed than Australians. We know our former prime ministers as Mr Hawke, Mr Howard, Mr Rudd, Ms Gillard and Mr … Continue reading

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Io Saturnalia

I like my Christmas carols in Latin or at least the original language rather than the gospel style favoured by Sinc. Here are two of my favourites so Merry Christmas or in my time io Saturnalia (unfortunately I couldn’t find … Continue reading

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Where to start with spending cuts

Australia’s policy dice is loaded in favour of more spending and regulation.  Major expansions in recent years have been on education, people with disabilities, the national broadband network (NBN) and renewable energy. Even those rare politicians who are genuinely concerned … Continue reading

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Quality of mercy strained by culture of complaint

Today in The Australian Arriving in Australia many decades ago, the first thing I learned was that real Australians never complain. In this country, outrageous fortune seemed to be wasting her time: the cruellest slings and arrows were met with … Continue reading

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Who Cut the Cheese

In the late 1990s, Dr Spencer Johnson published a book called Who Moved My Cheese.  The book was a kind of self help book on dealing with change. In the book, there was (obviously) the cheese and there were 2 … Continue reading

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The meaning of life

From Instapundit where Glenn Reynolds writes: I LOVE THIS PICTURE SO MUCH: A sailor meets his child for the first time following the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf’s (CG 72) return to homeport. I have the same feeling myself. And while … Continue reading

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Beating up on the beats

Something for ageing hippies to remind themselves of the contribution to the culture war by Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac et al. But I have to admit that Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was a hoot when I read it … Continue reading

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So this is what Treasury does these days

I was looking for the Treasury paper on wages growth –  it is a very solid piece of work, by the way – but came across the newly designed website.  Actually, I thought the old one was better but I … Continue reading

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Keating’s pointscoring unfair to Menzies and a disservice to history

Today in The Australian: Paul Keating’s attack on Robert Menzies is merely the latest episode in the politicisation of Australian history. Lost in that attack, which seeks to portray Menzies as an appeaser who would have left Australia undefended in … Continue reading

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AGL: virtue signalling while raising prices by closing plant

Australia has lost its pole position in electricity competitiveness. The gradual increase in subsidised renewable energy in forcing out coal plant has transformed the Australian industry from perhaps the cheapest in the world into, on some measures, one of the most … Continue reading

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