Category Archives: Budget

How do we come out of this alive?

Taken from JobSeeker, JobKeeper ending will reveal massive recession crisis. The core concept of Jobkeeper was all right, to make sure no one was deprived of the ability to buy because they had lost their income. The data in the … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Federal Politics, Politics | 39 Comments

He’s Alive!

Paul Keating slams Morrison Government for lack of scrutiny over early release of super.   FOR some time I’ve been concerned about the well-being – and, indeed, whereabouts – of former Treasurer and short-term prime minister Paul Keating. China’s most … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Economics and economy, Superannuation | 22 Comments

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

Posted in Budget, National Security | 74 Comments

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

Posted in Budget, Federal Politics | 14 Comments

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

Posted in 2019 election, Budget | 36 Comments

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

Posted in Budget, Guest Post | 8 Comments

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

Posted in Budget, National Security, Shut it down. Fire them all. | 65 Comments