Author Archives: Nick Cater

Emma Alberici and the ABC have lost authority

Why the ABC’s economics correspondent felt the urge to share her incomplete understanding of corporate tax with the nation is somewhat puzzling of itself. Suffice to say Alberici has ­irrevocably lost the authority that should attach to her position by … Continue reading

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Think tank uses fake figures to calculate mining sector tax

We received a disgruntled phone call followed by two grumpy emails (one of which is at the bottom of this story) from a Mr Roderick Campbell of Manuka, ACT, after exposing TAI’s fake claim that the mining industry paid just 15 … Continue reading

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A lagging indicator

It cost us $394 a day to lock up a lag in Australia’s first “human rights compliant prison,” the Alexander Maconochie Centre in Canberra. In the rest of the country the average prisoner-per-diem cost is a mere $292. So what does … Continue reading

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Another Capital idea

The ACT government has struck a deal with the French renewable energy company Neoen for a mere $92 a MWh, The Canberra Times reports today. The territory’s environment minister Simon Corbell describes the deal as “extremely affordable.” And who could … Continue reading

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Memories can be beautiful… and yet

Don’t the myth-makers ever take a break? While the nation was welcoming 2015, the crafty revisionists were hard at work – with some unexpected assistance. Yesterday’s page 5 lead in The Australian: IN just the one year of 1988-89, the … Continue reading

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Keep the Red Flag flying

It is neither clever nor funny. But does anyone really have a problem with Red Flag’s front page? Inarticulacy is the hallmark of the anti-Abbott movement, as I noted in The Australian recently. The old Left could at least say … Continue reading

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Coming next: the bloodless coup

The Sydney Morning Herald reports alarming news from the home front. Hitherto, waves of popular unrest were confined to places like Egypt, Columbia and Thailand. Now we learn: Senior Government ministers are signalling a willingness to compromise on key budget … Continue reading

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Fiscal decentralisation

Australia’s biggest political problem, Tony Abbott wrote in Battlelines, is the “dog’s breakfast of divided responsibilities” between Commonwealth and State: Tackling the dysfunctional federation turned out to be a lost opportunity for the Howard Government…  Certainly, it would have been … Continue reading

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Mao v. Menzies

If fiscal restraint was the only measure of good government, Mao Tse Tung would be up there with the best of them. Mao, like Kevin Rudd, was proud to call himself a fiscal conservative: Thrift should be the guiding principle … Continue reading

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Raising awareness

Peter “Spike” Chippalone, 49, of no fixed abode, feels aggrieved that he cannot claim the status of victim. Spike assures The Sunday Age he has put his 22-year drug addiction behind him and is using knowledge gained from an arts … Continue reading

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