Category Archives: Oz Politics

NBN and Roads: Why the city should pay the bill

NBN and Roads: Why the city should pay the bill I’ve been a bit of a fan of Ross Gittins of the Sydney Morning Herald as a writer on economics:  he is one of the few of his kind who … Continue reading

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None of the Above Party Needed

Compulsory Voting and “None of the Above” If there is one thing evident from elections at both State and Federal level over the past years, it is the crying need for a way for voters to cast a  vote “None … Continue reading

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Cost Benefits nonsense and the NBN

The Great NBN Cost Benefit Analysis furphy The trendy demand for a cost-benefit analysis on Everything and the NBN is really getting beyond the pale.   Cost-benefit analysis on large-scale government projects projected for operation decades ahead is about as useful … Continue reading

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Myths, Mandates and Broken Promises

The current whinge that the Gillard government has broken its election promises (e.g. on considering/not considering a carbon tax) overlooks one Big Fact about the election: the Labor Party didn’t win a mandate, as the Opposition Leader keeps saying. And … Continue reading

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When is not voting a vote?

The vote you have when you’re not having a vote The silly season started early — as soon as the election was over. Latest contributor of an amazing non-sequitur is Senator George Brandis — often a bloke who seems to … Continue reading

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Pink Batts and Tony Abbott’s Failure

Pink Batts and Tony Abbott’s Failure Peter Garrett suffered from two main drawbacks when he gained both a seat in Parliament and a Ministerial post in the Rudd government: he was a prominent achiever as singer for the “Oils”, in … Continue reading

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Big and Everything?

BP’s oil spill and the “Big Tax on Everything” Sometimes it takes a slight shift in perspective to reveal the implications of some of the sillier claims made in politics. This is very much the case when you analyse the … Continue reading

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