Posts in ‘Economics’

Nothing tough about trade-him-in Tony anymore

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Tony Abbott has been portrayed as too tough and unfeeling by his enemies for as long as he’s been in parliament. This is wrong. Despite his obvious exercise discipline what we’re seeing at the moment is a Pavlova – brittle on the outside and soft in. If Abbott were tough then he would not now […]

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Posted by Graham at 7:55 am | Comments (24) |

Superannuation and home buyers

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

It’s amazing how many people have leapt in to criticise Hockey’s suggestion that young Australians should be able to tap into their super contributions to buy their first home, including this bad tempered contribution from former PM Paul Keating. Far from being a class envy attack on retirement savings, it could be the single best […]

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Posted by Graham at 7:30 am | Comments (9) |

Dog whistles must be on special

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

I’ve been shocked and disgusted by the racism incorporate in the reaction to the Hepatatitis A contaminated frozen berries sold by Nanna’s and used as a weapon by those seeking to advance restrictive trade practices. While plenty were keen to accuse John Howard of allegedly “dog whistling” to racists through his tough on illegal entrants […]

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Posted by Graham at 10:50 pm | Comments (9) |

40 job applications no big deal

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

When I worked as a finance consultant I was supposed to make 10 approaches a day, and attend at least two appointments. I’d keep notes of conversations and follow-up with potential clients at regular intervals if they had nothing for me now, but might have in the future. I didn’t always make my quota, but that would be […]

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Posted by Graham at 7:47 am | Comments (2) |
Filed under: Economics

Why not retire at 81?

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

The whole idea of retirement is a new-fangled invention, and not one that I think has been for the good. When it comes to work, I’m with Marx – it is what defines us. A life without work is a life without definition. Before the 20th century there was no idea that there was a […]

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Posted by Graham at 7:07 am | Comments (9) |
Filed under: Economics,Health,Society

Some budget thoughts from a literacy researcher

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

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 the owners […]

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Posted by Valerie Yule at 8:01 am | Comments (9) |
Filed under: Economics

Some budget thoughts from a Tassie Tradie

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

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 words all focus is […]

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Posted by Jason Hall at 8:03 am | Comments (8) |
Filed under: Economics

Strong Choices

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

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 interesting experiment in participatory democracy […]

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Posted by Graham at 9:29 am | Comments (1) |

Albanese’s QANTAS ownership own goal

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

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 claim is wrong because the […]

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Posted by Graham at 12:57 pm | Comments (4) |

Questions for Labor on car industry

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

The Labor Party has suddenly become opportunistically very supportive of the car industry. Why not? Perhaps the South Australian state election, and certainly some South Australian and Victorian federal seats, will turn on it. But this is the party that under Gough Whitlam slashed tariffs by 17% that set off the turn to globalisation in […]

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Posted by Graham at 11:13 pm | Comments (13) |