Category Archives: Wasteful Spending

Bungle in the Jungle

There’s a reason he’s one of the most beloved heavyweights of all time: Great advice; but 45 years too late.Thank you though — George Foreman (@GeorgeForeman) November 1, 2019 In other questionably useful adviser news: How Australia is home … Continue reading

Posted in Shut it down. Fire them all., Wasteful Spending | 58 Comments

The Shark of Morro

How bad is Scott Morrison’s decision to give a billion dollars to rich chancers and panhandling carpetbaggers buzzing around the “clean energy” trough? Click it and weep: this bad. Speaking to Alan Jones this morning, Mark Latham excoriated the prime … Continue reading

Posted in Finance, Wasteful Spending | 46 Comments

Robo-debt and Tyranny

So here is an interesting thing – the government is being sued. The occasion was the announcement at Parliament House by Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon that his law firm Gordon Legal will be launching a class action on behalf … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressive government, Politics, Rule of law, Taxation, Wasteful Spending | 56 Comments

Engineers vs crony capitalism. Sound familiar? Think submarines and electricity

The tragic decline of a great company based on engineering excellence derailed by the the corrupting effect of political interference. Not block quoted for easier reading. In 1993, Clinton’s Deputy Secretary of Defense, Bill Perry, called defense contractor CEOs to … Continue reading

Posted in Rafe, Wasteful Spending | 29 Comments

Wasting money in the USA

Where is Australia’s answer to our man Dan in DC? This is his latest horror story of Federal Government waste. In brief Customs and Border Protection hired Accenture to hire and recruit 7,500 agents within the next five years. But … Continue reading

Posted in Rafe, Wasteful Spending | 22 Comments

From the Victorian Ombudsman’s Report

Clause 9 of the Members’ Guide prohibits the use of Electorate Officers for the Member’s ‘political or party duties’ 45. Nineteen ALP Members of the 57th Parliament breached this provision by employing 18 Field Organisers as casual Electorate Officers, whose … Continue reading

Posted in Politics of the Left, Tough on Crime, tough on criminals, Wasteful Spending | 66 Comments

The public cost of supporting those who game the welfare system

This is how the welfare system works: it is as if someone has moved into your house, uses your kitchen, bathroom and one bedroom, but doesn’t contribute to the groceries or help to pay the rent. There may be reasons … Continue reading

Posted in Australian Story, Wasteful Spending | 81 Comments

Where I agree with Richard Denniss …

Richard Denniss – chief economist at The Australia Institute – has a column at the AFR.  This time he has some comments I agree with – getting soft in the old age. There are 750,000 unemployed people in Australia, up … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and economy, Oppressive government, Taxation, Wasteful Spending | 50 Comments

David Leyonhjelm: Alternative Budget 2017-18

There is an old joke about a tourist in Ireland who asks a local for directions to Dublin. The Irishman replies: ‘Well sir, if I were you, I wouldn’t start from here’. Treasurer Morrison could find some insight from that … Continue reading

Posted in Guest Post, Wasteful Spending | 59 Comments

Pots, kettles and plain packaging surveys

The Labor party were having a bit of fun in estimates this week: Taxpayers contributed $640,000 to a book edited, written and published by Bjorn Lomborg and his Copenhagen Consensus Centre which was ridiculed in Senate Estimates on Thursday as … Continue reading

Posted in Budget, Hypocrisy of progressives, Plain Packaging, Wakefield data, Wakefield Study, Wasteful Spending | 6 Comments