Author Archives: Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

About Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus

I'm a retired general who occasionally gets called back to save the republic before returning to my plough.

Australia Post and Cartier watches

I find it incredible that the CEO of Australia Post – Christine Holgate – would justify spending $12,000 on four Cartier watches to Australia Post senior executives (each receiving a salary of about $800,000 a year) by saying We do … Continue reading

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RIP: James “The Amazing” Randi

Aged 92, this great man spent his life as a skeptic debunking claims of spoon bending, mind reading, fortune telling, ghost whispering, water dowsing, faith healing, UFO spotting and sundry other forms of “bamboozlement, bunco, chicanery, flimflam, flummery, humbuggery, mountebankery, … Continue reading

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California AB-979 Corporations: boards of directors: underrepresented communities

Judge Amy Coney Barrett was recently criticised for saying ‘sexual preference’ rather than the woke term ‘sexual orientation’ because apparently it implies that people might have a choice over their sexual preferences and identity. Which is to take away free … Continue reading

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There’s no such thing as a free lunch

I’m getting sick of the sophistry by those in the superannuation lobby (including Paul Keating and Kevin Rudd) who keep saying that there is no trade off between the level of the superannuation guarantee and wages. That a business paying … Continue reading

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Ministerial responsibility: if not now, when?

It has been a long tradition in a Parliamentary democracy that the responsibility for governance failure falls with the relevant minister or ministers and for gross governance failures with the Prime Minister or Premier. In recent years this convention has … Continue reading

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Liberty quote

From the new director-general of the BBC If you want to be an opinionated columnist or partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice, but you should not be working at the BBC Exactly the same should … Continue reading

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The ultimate sinecure? Or the $32 million appointment.

The Fair Work Commission must be one of the most attractive sinecures in the world. There is a President, two vice presidents, 21 deputy presidents, 18 commissioners plus various expert panel members. The President is paid as the Chief Justice … Continue reading

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Workplace diversity and inclusion

Ask the following question of your workplace gender diversity and inclusion officer. Consider a workplace of five cisgender men. Which of the following options is more diverse and inclusive? (1) Two of the men announce that they are transgender and … Continue reading

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Our new national brand – plagiarism?

The wise people at the Australian National Brand Advisory Council have spent (according to reports) $10 million to change the kangaroo logo to a new design.   And here is the old logo But do you notice something about the … Continue reading

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Human rights, slavery and the West

Iconoclasm has been a feature throughout history as revolutionary fervour – religious, secular, ethnic and cultural – grows to a climax and a frenzy of destruction occurs, harming those most disadvantaged. In the present case – driven by Antifa and … Continue reading

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