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

Sugar Industry Co-Dependency

The decision to grow sugar is a bit like the decision to get married and have kids. Both raise issues of bilateral dependency and asset specificity.  Once you marry someone, you are locked in, or at least it’s hard to redeploy -- likewise with growing sugar. Read more

Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

The Jewish people did not lack for self-proclaimed messiahs seeking to stir trouble against the Roman occupiers. Why is only one of these men remembered today? Read more

If CQ was a State, we'd be Richest of All

If Central Queensland were its own state, it would be the richest state in the nation. Central Queensland produces $40 billion of wealth for Australia every year, from a population base of just over 400,000. That’s an income per person of more than $100,000, double that of Tasmania. Read more



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