Category archives for Election

Measuring the benefits of penalty rate reductions

I was interested in the Fair Work Commission deciding to reduce some weekend rates. Obviously they gave this a lot of thought as did the Productivity Commission. According to Justice Ross evidence from business owners demonstrated that the present level of Sunday rates had led them to restrict trading hours, reduce staff levels and restrict the […]

Re-create the middle class

A comment from Brexit seems to sum up the world of western politics today.  A woman was asked how she would vote. “If you have money you vote to remain. If you have no money you vote to leave.” This neatly sums up a problem that is cropping up in a number of countries.  People […]

Some quotes for the Labor Party

One of my favorite authors is Hugh McKay the social researcher.  The reason I like reading his material as he often makes you look at something in a different way.  One memorable passage concerned a mother who has just washed the floor.  Her son walks right across the wet floor leaving footprints and mud everywhere. […]

The Turnbull Experiment

Turnbull arrived like a messiah. A rock star. The Dali Lama.  A year down the track he is just another PM struggling to win an election.  What happened? The answer is “lots”.  Let’s start with what people expected.  To say the general public is disillusioned with politicians is like saying if I stand in the […]

Jobs and growth and other three word slogans

The first few weeks of the election campaign were not going well.  No surge in the polls.  No capitulation by Labor.  No gaffs from the Shorten team.  Malcolm the Almighty was worried.  He gathered a few of the most creative minds in the Liberal party together in the Cabinet room to discuss the future plans. […]

The Crumbling Blocks Royal Commission – 2046

The year is 2046.  30 years from now.  The Crumbling Blocks Royal Commission has just completed and released it’t preliminary report. For those who are not aware of the Crumbling Blocks Royal Commission it was set up to investigate the massive problems currently showing up in blocks of apartments built between 2010 and 2020.  Most are […]

The SCREEM Royal Commission into Banking

So Labor want a royal commission on the banks.  The banks don’t seem to think it is needed.  Then again, asking the banks if they want a royal commission on banks is like asking the Catholic church if they want a royal commission on child abuse.  Nothing to see here folks.  Please move along. The […]

Scott Morrison – Custodian of the Australian Social Conscience

And the Chief Abbott spoke words of wisdom to the assembled masses. “It will come to pass that Scott, the son of a Morris Dancer, will be appointed custodian of the Australian social conscience.”     Not since the appointment of Cardinal George ‘for whom the Pell tolls’ to be God’s banker had such an […]

Between Gordon Gecko and Mother Theresa

In Australian politics there are two ideologies at play. The Liberal ideology is one of a market driven society.  If government just gets out of the way, the market will ensure we are all prosperous and happy.  Plenty of jobs and plenty of goods to buy.  They believe government stifles free enterprise.  Too much government […]

What will happen immediately after the election?

With a Liberal win looming, what will happen after the election.  Of course there will be a black hole.  The Liberals cannot find it now, but it is obviously lurking. Disability will go on hold because we can no longer afford it. The NBN will be stopped and a review set up to look at […]

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? […]

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 […]