Let's Develop Northern Australia for the Benefit of Us All

There is a story that does the rounds on Townsville, that at the end of World War II, the US Army suggested it could blow up Castle Hill and use the rock to build a causeway to Magnetic Island. While painfully jogging up that "hill" the other morning, I wished they had done it, or at least removed the top half. It is amazing what can be done at a time of crisis. At the time of war, the Bruce Highway was the only major road south from north Queensland - making it particularly vulnerable if a quick escape was required. So the US Army did something about it and built an inland route from Cairns to the south; that road still exists today: the Hann Highway.  Read more

Split the ABC in Two to Give the Bush a Fair Go

About 10 per cent of Australians live in a town with a smaller population than that of the ABC’s ­Ultimo studios in the centre of Sydney. About 1208 journalists (or “content makers” in the corporate jargon) are employed there. Why does the ABC employ 40 per cent of its journalists in Sydney when only 20 per cent of Australians live in Sydney? Read more

We Need Publicly Funded Sceptics to Challenge CO2 Witch-Hunt

In 1589, Princess Anne of Denmark left to marry King James VI of Scotland. En route, her boat was struck by storms. Someone had to be blamed and, as was standard for the time, witches were the usual suspects. Read more

Why the diesel fuel rebate needs to stay

Last time a global climate change agreement was signed by Australia, we met our targets largely by imposing costs on the agricultural sector.  Read more

Pragmatic Party Does What Works

On these pages recently Judith Sloan attacked the Nationals for proposing “protectionist” policies such as a code of conduct for the sugar industry. The code has been proposed because cane growers often cannot supply anyone but the closest mill. The proposed code would provide for a mediation and arbitration process to resolve disputes between growers and millers. Read more

Close the Public Purse to Law-Breaking Eco-Warriors

As far as parties go, it sounded like a big one. In July 2012 green activists organised a “Lizard’s Revenge protestacular” at BHP Billiton’s Olympic Dam uranium mine site. Read more

Nation Must Move North

The federal government will this week release its northern Australia white paper. It is the first time in decades that a government has focused on developing a new frontier of our nation. Read more

WA Has a Valid Claim on More GST Revenue

You learn early as a parent that young children have only a concept of themselves, every toy is “mine”.  Read more

Getting Balance Right with Spending Cuts and Revenue Increases

Having not been that long since I was a kid, and now partly responsible for four children myself, I have learned that one key of effective parenting is: do as I say, not as I do.   Read more

Level the Tax Field for Single Income Families

We are continually told that more mothers must work. The intergenerational report states that "Australia's female participation rates remain lower than some other advanced economies such as Canada and New Zealand, and more can be done to encourage women to enter and stay in the workforce." Read more


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