Archives for August, 2013

To Gonski or not to Gonski. That is the Question.

Look at the facts.  Australia primary and secondary education is going backwards in relation to other countries.  We can either do something about it or not.  The Labor Government decided they would do something about it. The first step was to call in some experts and do a review of what needed to happen.  Enter […]

What to expect from a Liberal Government

To much politics is about personality.  Is liking a person a good reason to make them Prime Minister?  I would have to say that it should not be a personality contest.  Would you pick a financial adviser or tradesman just because you like them?  Of course not.  You would want to know if they could […]

Stop the Boats – Fictional Interview

Since Leigh Sales will not ask the questions below, I have to imagine what would happen if Scott Morrison were interviewed about stopping the boats. Interviewer: With your plan to stop the boats, what percentage would you expect to stop? Scott Morrison:  I can’t tell you for operational reasons. Interviewer:  So it is a secret? […]

Paid Parental Leave – WTF

Perhaps the Liberals can explain their rationale for paid parental leave.  Paid parental leave is to financially assist mothers who give up work to have a child. Point 1.  Does a mother who is earning $150k deserve more financial assistance than one earning $30k?  In the Liberals plan, the first mother gets $75k and the […]

Rupert Murdoch and the Liberal Party

If you own a newspaper, do you have the right to dictate editorial direction?  The answer is yes and no.  Let’s look first at the situation where it is morally correct to direct editorial content. The owner is responsible for ensuring legal and ethical standards are met.  At the extreme, it is perfectly reasonable to […]

Asylum Seeker Questions

It is hard to believe there has been so much energy expended on this topic. The approach should be relatively straight forward. It comes down to two questions. How many refugees do we take each year? How do we select those people? Many people talk about asylum seekers arriving by boat, and what happens to […]

The NBN Debate and some Common Sense

  Lets want to talk about two issues relating to the NBN . The first is the Liberals demand for a business plan. The second is the difference between the NBN (Fibre to the Home) and the Liberal proposal of FTTN (Fibre to the Node). Forget about the NBN for a moment, and think about […]