McEwen sets an example

There have been too many statues torn down this year. So it was good to finish 2020 by unveiling a new statue of John "Black Jack" McEwen in Canberra last week. Read more

Questions on China's Trade - CQ Today

China buys so much of Australia's exports that it is hard to remember a time when our economy was not so connected with it. But it has not been this way for long. Just 20 years ago Australia exported $10 billion of goods to China, making up just 5 per cent of Australia's exports. Over the past year, we have exported $146 billion of goods to China, making up 40 per cent of our goods exports. This rapid increase has delivered enormous benefits to Australia in terms of jobs and new business opportunities. Yet as important as this relationship is our country was a pretty good place 20 years ago with barely any trade with China. If our trading relationship to China were to decline, I am confident that Australia would remain a pretty good place. Read more

China’s discrimination against Australia will only hurt it - The Courier Mail

Nobel-prize-winning economist Gary Becker argued that those who discriminate end up paying a price. If you employ only males, you miss out on highly skilled women. Your egalitarian competitors will then gain an advantage from a higher-skilled workforce. We are seeing another example of this insight in China’s recent discrimination against Australian beef, ­barley, wine and coal. Read more

Levy on iron ore exports would test China's mettle - The Australian

When my wife decided she wanted a new clothesline this year, we thought we should buy the good-old, Aussie-invented Hills Hoist. Then we discovered that Hills Hoists are now Made in China. As they are made from galvanised steel, I suppose it made commercial sense for Hills to move production to where more than half of the world's steel is now produced. Australia is the world's largest exporter of iron ore and coking coal - the two key ingredients that go into making steel. Yet we are now a net importer of steel, something that should be more widely acknowledged as a cause for national shame. Modern times are known as the information age but it is steel that has unlocked the greatest economic advancement in history. Just 30 years ago, two of every three people in our region lived on less than US$1.90 per day. Today, less than 5 per cent of people live in such extreme poverty. Read more

World-beating beef sector has plenty to celebrate - CQ Today

At the start of the pandemic panic, toilet paper shelves were the first to go bare. But not long later, mince and meat departed the supermarket shelves. However, there were some products that remained stubbornly resistant to the bunker mentality. Vegie burgers and tofu shelves remained well stocked. There is a lot of hype about plant based protein but most people just prefer a big, juicy steak. Why then do so many in the beef sector play defence when there is massive support for their industry? Last week the ABC's Landline ran a story about beef's "social licence". A former industry leader claimed that beef is "emerging as agriculture's coal equivalent". This is a load of rubbish in terms of both substance and public support. Read more

Dud Renewables will hurt the hip pocket - The Daily Telegraph

Google lists 16 synonyms for the word "tax". Politicians have used most of them over the years. Levies, tolls, excises, imposts have all been popular choices for those seeking to hide a sneaky tax. No one beats innovation in this field of linguistic camouflage, however, than those seeking to justify a tax to prop up dud renewable energy investments.   Read more

Has Annastacia Palaszczuk closed the borders to keep out Bob Brown and his rabble? - The Spectator

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has come under pressure this week to explain the continuing closure of Queensland’s borders. The case for its ongoing closure seems weak given that new coronavirus cases have slowed to a trickle. But that is looking at the Premier’s decision through a health lens. Perhaps she has other reasons. For example, if the government can keep the borders shut past October, she can keep out Bob Brown and avoid a sequel to the widely-acclaimed, diesel-powered, Stop Adani convoy of last year’s election. Read more

Woke to the threat - The Daily Telegraph

Twiggy Forrest has done a great service to the nation. He was wrong to suggest that Australia should change its stance on an independent inquiry into the Wuhan coronavirus. But the Chinese threats of retribution over such an inquiry have turned a huge spotlight on to a major problem.. Chinese officials have suggested that they may buy less from Australia unless we drop our insistence on a transparent inquiry into the virus. Business leaders are concerned about the economic costs of potential Chinese retribution. If we have an economy that is so vulnerable to one country’s threatening demands, we had better work to reduce that vulnerability as soon as possible. Read more

Green Ain't Green - The Spectator

Normally I waste many hours of my working day sitting in a big red chamber while something mistakenly called Question Time drags on. Like many things in government Question Time actually is the opposite of what it says, questions are not asked and answers are not given. It at least gives me time to reflect on some real questions. Like how are the lights on in this building when it is a still and cloudy day? Hasn’t the ACT declared that it is powered by 100 per cent renewable energy? Read more

Zero net emissions: Look no further than New Zealand for economic impacts - The Australian

In some respects, the Labor Party is as Australian as the Magic Pudding, both revel in fantasy. According to past Labor leaders, high public spending won’t raise taxes and, in any case, high taxes won’t damage economic growth. Now we have Labor’s greatest magic pudding yet, we can cut our carbon emissions to zero and no coal miner will lose their job. Read more


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