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The tax review, health reform and Rudd fatigue.

May 7th, 2010 · 74 Comments

Well the Government’s response to the Henry Tax Review has been released and even Ruddites like David Koch from Kev07’s public relations program “Sunrise” seem annoyed by the way the report is basically being shelved. Suddenly the business media has woken up to the fact that Rudd and Swan are economic dills, but as reader’s of this blog will be aware I have been warning about what these two would do to the economy for years.

Pink batts, a revived Federal Opposition and an election year.

February 17th, 2010 · 21 Comments

I have not focused on the Australian political landscape for a few months but the recent tragic deaths of 4 people installing home insulation as part of the Rudd Governments spend-a-thon, has reminded me of the dangers of a government obsessed with poll numbers and popularity.

China’s Harmful Economic Policies

December 19th, 2009 · No Comments

It’s time to start getting tough on Beijing. No, this is not a rant about China’s alleged lack of human rights. When China has something as evil as Abu Ghraib and Bagram we might have a right to complain. Nor am I complaining about China’s lack of something called democracy. Would China’s one child policy have survived in a democracy?

The madness of King Malcolm and the Emissions Trading Scheme.

November 27th, 2009 · 17 Comments

From the moment the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) concept was floated I had an uneasy feeling about it and unlike a lot of recent anti-ETS converts, I have voiced my opposition to this legislation for many, many months. Simply put, I don’t see the logic in trying to help the planet with a tax.

A slow global recovery, the Australian economy & the stock market.

October 2nd, 2009 · 12 Comments

If you were to believe the various ramblings of Kevin Rudd, Wayne Swan, Glenn Stevens and Ken Henry, then you would be under the impression that the Australian economy is about to power ahead in 2010. But if the IMF expects global growth to be slow, why would Australia be set to do any better?

The Telstra break-up smoke screen and the NBN.

September 16th, 2009 · 36 Comments

If you think that the Government’s plan to break-up Telstra is aimed at giving consumers a better deal then you are thinking just the way they want you to. The real reason the Government wants Telstra weakened is so that it’s poorly planned National Broadband Network (NBN) has an easier path into the broadband market.

Wasteful government spending & Wayne Swan on the defensive.

September 5th, 2009 · 33 Comments

I am often critical about the media because they simply do not dig beneath the surface of issues and raise tough questions with the Rudd Government. So I was pleasantly surprised when I watched Leigh Sales on ABCTV’s Lateline raise some awkward questions for the Federal Treasurer. Questions that he could not or would not answer, and that also had him visibly rattled.

Farewell Taro Aso: but will anything change in Japan?

August 29th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Tomorrow Japan goes to the polls and there seems almost no chance that Taro Aso will be returned as Prime Minister. But don’t be fooled into thinking this is because the DPJ (Democratic Part of Japan) ran a great election campaign, put forward excellent policies or their leader Yukio Hatayama is hugely popular.

A Ruddy clever idea and aliens above Australia!

July 28th, 2009 · 4 Comments

It appears that somewhere above Australia there is an alien spaceship transmitting a beam across the continent that makes Australians incapable of rational thought. Few people seem to question how the nation will repay billions of dollars in debt nor do they seem to question what the Government is spending their money on.

Rudd Watch: Has Kev07 delivered as promised?

July 21st, 2009 · 21 Comments

The Rudd Government still holds a commanding lead over the Opposition according to opinion polls and Kevin Rudd himself enjoys a high popularity rating. But what has Rudd and his team actually delivered to the Australian public in terms of completed projects or successful outcomes?

Future technology development and investing – Part One.

July 3rd, 2009 · 12 Comments

Technological advancements and the fortunes of mankind have been intertwined since our distant ancestors worked out how to harness the power of fire or use a sharpened stick to hunt for food. The future will be no different so it makes sense as investors to try and have some understanding of how some technologies may develop over the next decade or so.

Is there a Federal Opposition in Australia?

June 29th, 2009 · 17 Comments

We all know the theory of how our Westminster flavoured form of democracy is suppose to work. We the people vote, the votes are counted and we end up with one of the two main political groups running the country. To make sure the group that wins the election and forms government does not get out of control, the losing side is suppose to keep an eye on things and be ready to take over if the people  decide to make a change at the next election. But clearly things are not working that way in Australia at the moment.

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