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Negative Gearing

Change is hard, particularly in government. There are two types of political forces in the world. One is to change and hopefully improve society, and the other is to maintain the status quo. In the last election, the Labor party went to the election with a policy to cancel negative gearing. No longer would people […]

An ode to the odious Scot Morrisson

Scotty called the troops aroundTo plan to win the election ground They came from near. They came from farBut mostly from the parliamentary bar Scotty looked on all with prideAnd everyone was on his side The Treasurer’s name was JoshTo marginals, he paid the dosh From the bush came Barnaby JoyceAn exploding tomato with a […]

Socialocracy

Democracy is an evolving form of government. It has only been around for a few hundred years, but has changed over that period. What comes next? There have been three main forms of government. Autocracy is where a king, or president, or sole leader runs the country. This was the common form of government for […]

Three constraints on democracy

“Why doesn’t the government do something?” How many times have you heard, or said something like that. The answer is they don’t do something because it is called democracy. Democracy has constraints. Let me expand. One constraint is the number of people who need to agree. In Australia we have a federal government at the […]

The fax on vax

Just when you thought there was nothing else to say on Covid, I found a few things worth commenting on. Some relate to the past, some the present and some the future. Why is there a vax shortage in Australia To understand why you need to roll back to mid 2000. Governments were faced with […]

Is democracy becoming extinct?

Winston Churchill said the following in 1947: “Many forms of Government have been tried, and will be tried in this world of sin and woe. No one pretends that democracy is perfect or all-wise. Indeed it has been said that democracy is the worst form of Government except for all those other forms that have […]

Getting Rid of Old Laws

Are we over-regulated? Of course, we are. Everyone says so. Everywhere you look there are laws that restrict us from doing stuff. We can’t walk across the road without breaking some law. What about business. Are they regulated enough to stop white-collar crime? Obviously not. Look at any newspaper and see companies doing things that […]

The Journey to Normality

Stand back. Way back to where a year looks like a blade of grass. Back to where your front lawn looks like the history of man. What do you see? is it progress or recession? Has the social journey resulted in a better lot for mankind or a decline in civilisation? Is the grass growing […]

Home Economics

There is an old saying that if you put two economists in a room and ask a question, you will get three answers. I understand a bit about economics after reading for years, but there are some basics that seem to get lost. One of the favourites is the economics of house prices. Any slight […]

The WEIRD spectrum

I learnt a new acronym recently. WEIRD. It stand for Western – Educated – Industrialised – Rich – Democratic. It refers to much of the western world today. Maybe we are a bit weird. It got me thinking. If the western world is weird, what is the opposite? The opposite would be low education, rural, […]