Author Archives: Guest Author

Frolicking Mole: Mole’s modest proposal

Everyone is aware we have entered uncharted waters as far as government debt is concerned. The missing piece is the incredible wave which is about to hit once companies are no longer allowed to trade insolvent, rents become due and … Continue reading

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Speedbox: “Things have gone wrong”

Months ago, Prime Minister Morrison said that there could be no trans-Tasman travel bubble until all State borders are open in Australia.   He said that it would be impractical and unacceptable that international tourists could enter Australia whilst Australians were … Continue reading

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Pyrmonter on Samuel Brittan

Two generations ago, political Keynesianism, the idea that governments could successfully manipulate the economic ‘levers’ of monetary, fiscal, capital account and trade policies to optimise social well-being by maximising economic output was the norm.  As critical writers from the Public … Continue reading

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Greg Chapman: Stairway to Wokeness (with apologies to Led Zeppelin)

When crusaders ensure Their gestures aren’t ignored Know they’re buying a stairway to wokeness As they posture they glow And everyone knows One word wrong they’ll destroy you forever Oooooh Ahh…. And they’re buying a stairway to wokeness There’s a … Continue reading

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Robert Carling: Has federalism failed us in the pandemic?

Disparate government policies within Australia in response to the SARS-Cov-2 pandemic have highlighted strengths and weaknesses in our federal structure. The recent actions of state governments serve as a reminder that the states are sovereign entities with strong powers. This … Continue reading

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Peter Lang and Ken Gregory: Global warming may be beneficial for the global economy

A recent paper, Lang and Gregory (2019) Economic impact of energy consumption change caused by global warming, finds global warming may be beneficial for the global economy. We reproduce the Abstract and two excerpts from the Discussion section in this … Continue reading

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Mark Hornshaw & Zac Gorman: Australia’s Violent Enforcement of Lockdowns Sparks Memories of the Eureka Rebellion

2020 is looking eerily similar to 1854 for the people of Victoria, Australia’s second most populous state. This footage reveals a little of the current scene, with Aussies protesting against draconian lockdowns, and police in riot gear arresting them in … Continue reading

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Tabitha Alloway: “Rule by Experts” Is Tyranny Shrouded in Science

“You don’t need a mask.” “Everyone needs to wear a mask.” “Asymptomatic spreaders are the real problem.” “No wait, it doesn’t look like asymptomatic carriers are spreading it.” “Coronavirus will spread at protests… unless they’re protests over the death of … Continue reading

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Bill Muehlenberg: So This Is How Democracy Dies

It was George Orwell who famously said, We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One wonders if he had the state of Victoria in mind … Continue reading

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Bill Muehlenberg: Just Put a Sock In It Magda!

She may be appearing on Victorian TV screens with a mask on, but one can think of better things that could be used. I refer of course to the new infuriating and moronic TV ads Victorians now have to endure … Continue reading

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