Posts in ‘Economics’

Rudd’s kleptocratic resources tax

Monday, June 7th, 2010

Some people would say that all taxation is theft. I don’t accept that, but in the case of the Rudd government’s so-called Resources Super Profit Tax theft is occurring at two levels. That is what has got me angry about the tax, and I suspect it underlies a lot of the public opposition to it […]

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No increase in sovereign risk?

Friday, May 28th, 2010

I frequently don’t get to watch the 7:00 pm news, but last night I did and was astounded to see Treasury Secretary Ken Henry, looking as arrogant and inflated as the mining bosses his RSPT diminishes, intoning that it does not represent an increase in sovereign risk.

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Revised effects of the Resource Rental Tax

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

Citi has revised its calculation of the cost to the mining community of the Resource Rental Tax and the table is below. There are a few offsets that their original calculations left out, so they’ve run a 10 year model after consultation with the tax department. The summary statistics that you need to know from […]

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Some reasons why miners are upset and you should be too

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Total Australian taxes on mining will be 45% higher than their next nearest rival the USA and 152% higher than Canada. Australia is about to lose a significant share of world mining activity and income.

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Onward Capitalist Soldiers!

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

Lots of people I know are either still pouring their money into super or leaving it for another few years until it recovers the losses of the past year or so. One friend told me just the other day that this was her strategy, in preference to paying off a mortgage. Now the markets have […]

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We’re forever blowing bubbles

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

If you have just hummed that tune correctly, you may avoid being caught with bubble gum on your face. It’s an old tune, probably from the 1940s, but familiar enough to those who like jazz or who grew up with big band music in their background. That cohort has been more risk averse, less inclined […]

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CEOs looking to hire

Monday, December 7th, 2009

(Cross posted from What the people want). According to a media release from the CEO Institute: Queensland seems to have weathered the worst of the global financial crisis, with 77% of CEOs having positive views on the economy and 60% saying they were likely to hire in the next six months, according to the inaugural […]

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Government intervention prime cause of sub-prime debacle

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Home-ownership can be a curse, according to Saul Eslake. In this interesting op-ed in The Age Eslake argues that it wasn’t unregulated markets that caused the sub-prime crisis, it was a misguided desire to increase home ownership by directing banks to fund people into houses who couldn’t really afford them. One of the means adopted […]

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Accountability goes digital

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

It has come to my attention that the government is looking for inputs to its Gov 2.0 strategy, complete with blogspace for comments. What should they do with government information? Who should see what? What about FOI? etc. All this has been part of the public conversation since well before the digital age, and much […]

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More pressure in the housing bubble

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

RBA Governor Glen Stevens was widely quoted as warning of a housing “bubble” if we didn’t use the current period of low interest rates to increase housing supply. The word “bubble” appears to be a journalistic embellishment. What he said was: “Given the circumstances – the economy moving to a position of less than full […]

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