April 17, 2014 | Graham

Some budget thoughts from a literacy researcher

These are some thoughts from Valerie Yule, a regular OLO author.

Hockey could cut

* middle class welfare e.g. parental payments at the rate of usual income, even if high. All payments at the lowest rate.

*negative gearing

*payments for buyers of first housing as that only makes housing prices higher, and rewards [...] Continue Reading…

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April 16, 2014 | Jason Hall

Some budget thoughts from a Tassie Tradie

As a Tasmanian who has endured a destroyed budget in recent years, it frustrates me no end to see the same issues played out nationally, and be completely missed by the media.

99% of media focus on gov’t spending / taxation – nothing about how our economy grows and contracts.

In other [...] Continue Reading…

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April 15, 2014 | Graham

Strong Choices

The Queensland government has a debt problem and it’s asking for your help to solve it, or at least that is the pitch for Strong Choices, a website which gives you some say in the process by allowing you to decide how to repay debt using actual figures.

It’s an [...] Continue Reading…

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April 13, 2014 | Graham

Carr diary – told you so

It’s one of my few appearances on The Drum, but it’s got to be some of my most prescient writing – when Julia Gillard appointed Bob Carr as foreign minister, it was hailed by most commentators as a masterstroke, but I was among the few honourable dissenters.
Labor is seen [...] Continue Reading…

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April 11, 2014 | Graham

Schools places of indoctrination rather than learning

A new British report pings the British education system for indoctrinating students on questions of climate change and sustainability. In this, Australia is no better.

Climate Control: Brainwashing in schools¬†lays out in detail instances not just of bias, but active coercion, at a number of levels from core curriculum down [...] Continue Reading…

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April 06, 2014 | Graham

Environmentalists behaving badly over wind turbines?

Wind farms blight the landscape where they are erected, but apart from that, I was unsure whether they posed any real environmental, as opposed to economic, threats.

That includes environmental threats to humans.

Yet there has been a sustained campaign against wind turbines on the basis that they represent a threat [...] Continue Reading…

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March 26, 2014 | Graham

Shorten must nominate cuts or it is all bluster

Bill Shorten will claim today that the budget situation is not as bad as the government says, and will accuse them of “deception” according to the SMH. If he doesn’t spell out which promises Labor made before the last election he would jettison, then he is the one being [...] Continue Reading…

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March 24, 2014 | Graham

List your least favourite bigots

The Twitterverse, and the ALP, are afire as George Brandis proclaims that it is a human right to be a bigot, as though this was some novel proclamation from a fascist government when it is in fact a well-accepted principle of human rights. If you don’t believe me check [...] Continue Reading…

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March 20, 2014 | Graham

The hospitals that ate the budget

It seems that the Queensland government and the Senior Medical Officers at state government hospitals are still at loggerheads over pay and conditions with the Courier Mail reporting that over a 1,000 of them voted against the contracts at a meeting last night. This was after significant concessions by [...] Continue Reading…

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March 06, 2014 | Graham

Albanese’s QANTAS ownership own goal

Anthony Albanese didn’t need to make the claim that eight out of the top ten airlines in the world are majority government-owned to make his case out. But he did, and if he was properly briefed he must have known that claim was wrong.

Now he must certainly know that [...] Continue Reading…

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