June 12, 2014 | Graham
What is it about Labor, and the left more generally, that it plays the person rather than the ball, and applies the techniques of social exclusion rather than logic and rational persuasion? And why does the media play along with Labor when it does?
Tony Abbott is overseas representing Australia, and [...] Continue Reading…
June 05, 2014 | Graham
Are you confused by this title? Well, not half as confused as I am by Andrew Bolt’s, Janet Albrechtsen’s and Alan Jones’ war on Malcolm Turnbull.
I hope more coalition MPs than just Malcolm are having dinner with Clive Palmer. The idea that having any cross-party socialisation is somehow treason [...] Continue Reading…
May 30, 2014 | Graham
It’s now official, since the budget, economic confidence has plummeted. But who is to blame – government or opposition?
For a couple of weeks there the news was unofficial – just straws in the wind. Turnover in the video store was down, but then it’s an industry in decline, so not [...] Continue Reading…
May 27, 2014 | Graham
I’m so impressed I had to blog this.
appeared immediately over this post on our forum:
…Very true Yuyutsu, but also oversimplified. Take note that 30 percent of the Australian economy lurks in the dark area of the black market. …The proponents of this economy are not simply drug runners either; [...] Continue Reading…
May 27, 2014 | Graham
Well, maybe it is going a little far to describe Crikey as the “hard left”, but with Marni Cordell, ex New Matilda, as their new editor, they have to be trending that way.
Certainly this headline from their email newsletter suggests they know where their audience’s heart is: “Tories dominate [...] Continue Reading…
May 22, 2014 | Graham
It was an ABC report that alerted me to the fact that smoking rates in New York are now down around 15%, declining from 24% a few years ago.
This is far lower than Australia’s which is around 18%.
The ABC report suggested a number of reasons for the decline, and [...] Continue Reading…
May 20, 2014 | Graham
Like the last parliament this one looks as though it will be diverted to arguments about who lied, and who didn’t.
But as the old joke goes:
“How do you know when a politician is lying?” “Their lips are moving.”
Unduly cynical, but the fact that it is an old joke shows [...] Continue Reading…
May 08, 2014 | Graham
Means testing Disability Care won’t save any money this budget, but it will in future budgets.
And because of the improvident promises that Labor and Liberal made in the election campaign, future budgets are going to be just as difficult to manage as this one, if not more so.
Effectively the public at [...] Continue Reading…
May 07, 2014 | Graham
Thomas Piketty and Capital in the 21st Century is just le dernier in what is likely to be a long list of writers telling us we have a problem with inequality in our society. And maybe they do in France but I’m pretty sure that isn’t the case in Australia.
Sure, there is [...] Continue Reading…
May 05, 2014 | Graham
The diesel rebate is not a concession because excise on diesel is an example of an hypothecated tax.
I pay full excise on the diesel in my Landcruiser because it is used on the road (almost exclusively) and fuel excise is supposed to be used to maintain the roads network.
A [...] Continue Reading…