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Bring back the toga and lose the House of Representatives!

April 21st, 2009 · 8 Comments

It appears to me that the form of democracy we have in Australia (and other parts of the world) is really starting to struggle now in the 21st century. After all, we are basically using a form of government that is now a few centuries old and has been responsible for just as many blunders and failures across the world as it has successes. So maybe it is time we started to think about giving our system of government an overhaul and I believe we can learn a lot from the Romans.

The National Broadband Network: from debacle to disaster

April 11th, 2009 · 29 Comments

Like many Australians I have been frustrated for many years over the slow progress that was made in getting affordable high speed internet connections widely available across Australia.  However in order to get a world class communications network deployed we need the private sector to be in the driving seat and for the government to be involved as little as possible.  Yet thanks to government mismanagement, Australia is now about to spend a fortune of taxpayers money to roll-out a national broadband network.

Is it time for another Australian sovereign wealth fund?

April 9th, 2009 · 10 Comments

It seems the Australian government is in the mood to throw money around in order to try and lessen the impact of the recession, but one option that does not seem to have been raised is for the government to establish another sovereign wealth fund. This new fund could act as means of supporting the stock market and provide a source of income over future years to maintain spending on such things as national infrastructure and healthcare.

North Korea, Japan and the illogical nature of U.S. foreign policy.

April 7th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The interesting thing about North Korea’s latest long range rocket launch was not that it happened, but rather the fact that it highlights once again the illogical nature of United States foreign policy especially in North Asia. Perhaps the best outcome from this latest action by North Korea would be for the U.S. to step back a little and let China, Japan, Russia and South Korea work out a solution with North Korea, after all it is their part of the world.

The great recession swindle: the power grab by governments.

April 2nd, 2009 · 9 Comments

Apparently we are at the moment facing the greatest economic crisis the world has seen since the Great Depression, and therefore the G20 leaders who are gathered in London not only have to dodge protesters but also come up with some solutions to this mess. The only problem with what I have just written is that we are not facing the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression and the people gathered in London are part of the problem: they may come up with some solutions, but you and I will be paying for them.

Gordon Gekko made a lot of fictional sense.

March 9th, 2009 · 4 Comments

First let’s be clear, Gordon Gekko is a fictional character from the 1987 movie Wall Street. I state this upfront because you would swear that he really existed by the way some journalists seem to write about him these days and use him as a example of what they feel is wrong with the free market economy. But the Gordon Gekko character also put the spotlight on poor corporate management and ineffective boards and judging by recent events, it seems little has changed in 20 years.

The Recession and Rudd’s Plan 9 from Outer Space.

March 4th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Can the discussion surrounding the Australian economy get any more bizarre? Will economists continue to make vague observations? Will our politicians spend most of 2009 making nonsensical statements aimed to please the plebs? If you answered yes to all three questions then you are well prepared for the year ahead.

Blaming the bankers only hides the truth.

February 23rd, 2009 · No Comments

Those evil bankers, how could they do this to us? Because of their greed they have destroyed the global economy, caused global warming and killed Elvis. Their extreme capitalistic neo-liberal Reaganomics ways have doomed us all, while we the general public were going about our daily lives helping the poor, spending wisely and spreading goodwill throughout the world.

The national broadband debacle: all hail to Senator Conroy.

February 17th, 2009 · 23 Comments

Lost within the turmoil of the $42 billion federal government spend-a-thon and the so called “national economic crisis” has been the issue of the infamous “National Broadband Network”. After ridiculing the Howard government for taking too long to initiate work on this network, all Senator Conroy has managed to do is set things back a few years and we are still effectively nowhere near seeing work start on on this important national infrastructure project.

Rudd’s $42 billion dollars: the mother of all blunders.

February 6th, 2009 · 23 Comments

Let’s get one thing clear from the start, attempting to rush a massive spending package through parliament with the minimum amount of scrutiny is not good economic management. It simply means that the people charged with managing our national economy have been caught unprepared and for that single fact alone, they should be held accountable.

Rudd’s new direction: Bad news for investors.

February 1st, 2009 · 5 Comments

Kevin Rudd was elected largely because he conveyed an image to the Australian public of a man who would keep Australia on a steady course. His 2007 election campaign was all about convincing the public that he would follow most of the policies put in place during the Howard years but govern in a “nicer” way that would keep the trendy “cafe latte” types happy. However as the current economic crisis drags on, I sense that Kevin 09 might not be anything like the “lovable” Kevin 07.

Australia 2020 Summit: Fiddling while Rome burns.

January 24th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Does anyone remember Rudd’s great talk fest in April 2008 grandly called the Australia 2020 Summit? Did anyone get excited about the contents of the final report, complete with lovely graphics and pictures? Was there some careful analysis and discussion of the ideas raised during the Summit in the mainstream media?

Be prepared for the recession we might have avoided.

December 11th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Although Kevin Rudd stated some weeks ago that Australia would not slide into a recession it seems another one of his forecasts has exposed just what an economic dunce he is. Possibly only Wayne Swan can make worse assessments regarding the state of the Australian economy with Glen “I raised rates too far” Stevens (the Reserve Bank Governor) finishing of a trio of people who are best ignored. As I wrote a while back…we would be better served by getting a hobbit and wizard into the government economic team as soon as possible. (see The RBA,Swan and a Hobbit)

The U.S. auto industry bailout and some inconvenient truths.

December 8th, 2008 · 4 Comments

There is no doubt that the U.S. auto industry will receive some form of government assistance, however the real story is not the about the bailout itself, but rather what the bailout tells us about the U.S. economy in general. After all, how can U.S. car makers be struggling so badly when they are sitting in the middle of biggest market in the world for auto-mobiles?

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