Category Archives: Wasteful Spending

From the Victorian Ombudsman’s Report

Clause 9 of the Members’ Guide prohibits the use of Electorate Officers for the Member’s ‘political or party duties’ 45. Nineteen ALP Members of the 57th Parliament breached this provision by employing 18 Field Organisers as casual Electorate Officers, whose … Continue reading

Posted in Politics of the Left, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals, Wasteful Spending | 66 Comments

The public cost of supporting those who game the welfare system

This is how the welfare system works: it is as if someone has moved into your house, uses your kitchen, bathroom and one bedroom, but doesn’t contribute to the groceries or help to pay the rent. There may be reasons … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Wasteful Spending | 81 Comments

Where I agree with Richard Denniss …

Richard Denniss – chief economist at The Australia Institute – has a column at the AFR.  This time he has some comments I agree with – getting soft in the old age. There are 750,000 unemployed people in Australia, up … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Oppressive government, Taxation, Wasteful Spending | 50 Comments

David Leyonhjelm: Alternative Budget 2017-18

There is an old joke about a tourist in Ireland who asks a local for directions to Dublin. The Irishman replies: ‘Well sir, if I were you, I wouldn’t start from here’. Treasurer Morrison could find some insight from that … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Wasteful Spending | 59 Comments

Pots, kettles and plain packaging surveys

The Labor party were having a bit of fun in estimates this week: Taxpayers contributed $640,000 to a book edited, written and published by Bjorn Lomborg and his Copenhagen Consensus Centre which was ridiculed in Senate Estimates on Thursday as … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Hypocrisy of progressives, Plain Packaging, Wakefield data, Wakefield Study, Wasteful Spending | 6 Comments

David Leyonhjelm on growth and productivity

Op ed in The Fin last Friday. When the new Reserve Bank Governor testified before a parliamentary committee recently, some Labor politicians who love big-spending saw an opportunity. They quizzed him on the global failure of low interest rates to … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Economics and economy, Finance, Guest Post, Wasteful Spending | 17 Comments

Government spending creates government jobs

The federal department that is meant to help Australian business is pouring almost half its budget into its own administration, leaving taxpayers with a $150 million annual bill before a cent has been spent on expanding local ­employment opportunities. Source.

Posted in Australian Story, Budget, Wasteful Spending | 22 Comments

David Leyonhjelm on the Government’s balance sheet

The Commonwealth Government was $70 billion in the black at the end of the Howard era. It is now $265 billion in the red, equivalent to $11,000 for every single Australian. And as each new budget brings a deficit, we … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Economics and economy, Guest Post, Rafe, Wasteful Spending | 49 Comments


Jason Murphy has an argument over at that we hear from time to time: WHEN Australia’s Olympic team entered the stadium in Rio in Saturday’s Opening Ceremony, it was a moment of intense national pride. But for me that … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Budget, Wasteful Spending | 41 Comments