Category Archives: Budget

How to secure bipartisan funding for your spy agency

Neo-Nazis among Australia’s most challenging security threats, ASIO boss warns. In suburbs around Australia, small cells regularly meet to salute Nazi flags, inspect weapons, train in combat and share their hateful ideology.” – ASIO director general Mike Burgess   But … Continue reading

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Coming soon: deficits to become ‘happiness surpluses’

Labor’s Jim Chalmers backs Jacinda Ardern’s ‘wellbeing budget’ plan. Nobody in his right mind would ever want the government in charge of wellbeing – not even if the relevant Treasurer learned the ropes, as Jim Chalmers did, under an exemplar … Continue reading

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Budget speech 2019-20

Mr Speaker, I move that this Bill now be read a second time. Tonight, I announce that the Budget is back in the black and Australia is back on track. For the first time in 12 years, our nation is … Continue reading

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Budget 2019

Receipts and Payments as % GDP     Josh Frydenberg kept emphasising “without raising taxes”. Well. Not quite. Spending remains above the long-term average of spending and Receipts as a % of GDP is well above, well above, the long … Continue reading

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Duncan Spender: Liberal Democrats 2019 Alternative Budget

Australians are disappointed in their politicians; what they long for is leadership and inspiration. In this, the sixth alternative budget by the Liberal Democrats, I propose a grand bargain between the Commonwealth and the States. It will require leadership to … Continue reading

Posted in 2019 election, Budget | 31 Comments

David Leyonhjelm. Budget cuts? You must be kidding!

If the Government’s financial statements were subject to the same rules as a private company, Treasurer Frydenberg and Finance Minister Cormann would be at risk of going to jail. They are the Commonwealth Government’s version of the dodgy brothers. Their … Continue reading

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Whose Money is it?

Are you enjoying your hamster-wheel yet? Would you like another carrot cube? (TMR) If we didn’t allow our federal government, its agencies and quangos to become so big in the first place, we would not be debating the need for a … Continue reading

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Bit of an own goal

Something I found on twitter: We, Australian taxpayers, pay $1.08 BILLION each year for offshore processing. That’s about $650k PER refugee PER year. It is an insane waste of YOUR money — Julian Burnside (@JulianBurnside) August 3, 2018 My … Continue reading

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The 2018-19 Federal Budget: the Ghosts of Budgets Past

If all you did was listen to Treasurer Scott Morrison on budget night and the half-baked media commentary that followed, you could be forgiven for thinking that Australia has practically paid off its debt, the good times are already rolling … Continue reading

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Ghosts of Budgets Past

Despite having delivered Australia’s finest budget analysis for the last two years running, TMR still hasn’t received an invite to the budget green room. Consequently, while imbeciles like Shane Wright get to see what’s cooking in advance, TMR can only access … Continue reading

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