Labor

The Sun Is Setting On Three Decades Of Free Market Economics
17 May 2019

The Sun Is Setting On Three Decades Of Free Market Economics

How much Australia has changed over the past decade can be seen from the difference between what Kevin Rudd as Labor opposition leader said to get elected in 2007 and what Bill Shorten is saying today in 2019. You can also notice the change by comparing Labor’s and the Coalition’s election policies from this campaign. In 2019 while there’s certainly
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Six Seats Are Wagging The Coalition Dog
3 May 2019

Six Seats Are Wagging The Coalition Dog

The idea that Scott Morrison’s election policies should be decided according to what he thinks is popular in electorates such as Wentworth in Sydney and Kooyong in Melbourne is like Donald Trump running for president by appealing to voters in Manhattan and San Francisco. Yet when it comes to the Coalition’s climate change policies that’s what is happening. It’s not quite as
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Labor’s Childcare Splash: For Our Kids – Or Their Union Mates?
2 May 2019

Labor’s Childcare Splash: For Our Kids – Or Their Union Mates?

Last weekend Labor announced a $4 billion funding increase to childcare subsidies. More worryingly, Labor would also intervene to raise the wages of early childhood educators by 20 per cent over the next eight years. Government entering the private sector to top up wages is, as former Labor powerbroker Graham Richardson described it, a lousy precedent. Labor tried this under the
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The Coalition Can Stand Out By Standing Up For Australians
12 April 2019

The Coalition Can Stand Out By Standing Up For Australians

In calling the election yesterday, Scott Morrison insisted there was a clear choice between the Coali­tion and Labor. Sadly, at their core, there is not as much of a difference between the two governing alternatives as there should be. For example, Labor is committed to a 45 per cent emissions reduction target, while the Coalition’s policy is to reduce emissions
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Why The Holes In Bowen’s Numbers Matter
11 April 2019

Why The Holes In Bowen’s Numbers Matter

Spare a thought for Chris Bowen. It turns out a number he has been quoting for some time is bogus. To be fair there is no reason to doubt that he relied on that number in good faith. Yet he has a history of relying on numbers and analysis that turn out to be problematic. In 2008 Bowen relied on
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Labor Is Coming After Apple Pie-Baking Nanas
1 February 2019

Labor Is Coming After Apple Pie-Baking Nanas

On Thursday, Labor’s Shadow Treasurer Chris Bowen said something that a politician is never supposed to utter. At least not in public. In response to those who will face higher taxes under Labor’s proposed changes to Australia’s dividend imputation system, Bowen said they were “entitled to vote against us”. On one level this is unobjectionable as it describes the democratic
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Blaming Jeff For Our Energy Mess Is A Joke
3 September 2018

Blaming Jeff For Our Energy Mess Is A Joke

Blaming your problems on the previous government is poor form. But blaming your problems on something that another government did over 25 years ago is, to put it politely, taking the mickey. Yet that is exactly what Daniel Andrews did recently when he effectively blamed former premier Jeff Kennett for the spiralling energy prices that have occurred on his watch.
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Daniel Andrews’ Alternative Reality
28 August 2018

Daniel Andrews’ Alternative Reality

Here we go again. Today, Daniel Andrews announced a plan to build a new suburban railway system even though he has no idea how much it will actually cost, who is going to pay for it, and how long Victorians will actually have to wait until it is finished.  This is another pragmatic, yet pie in the sky announcement which
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You Think The Coalition Is Bad? Look At Labor’s Policies
22 August 2018

You Think The Coalition Is Bad? Look At Labor’s Policies

Politics in a stable democracy should be boring, even relaxed and comfortable. Yet since the fall of the Howard government in 2007 Australian politics has been exciting– almost a blood sport. The population is certainly not relaxed nor comfortable. Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister appeared well on his way to changing all that. Re-election looked possible, even likely. The shenanigans in Canberra
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Labor’s ‘Living Wage’ Will Hurt The Poor, Unemployed
1 February 2018

Labor’s ‘Living Wage’ Will Hurt The Poor, Unemployed

True to form, the unions are using clever marketing to beat the drum for a lousy idea. And true to form, that lousy idea is finding its way into the policy platform of the Australian Labor Party. Yesterday, opposition workplace relations spokesman Brendan O’Connor hinted that Labor could adopt the Australian Council of Trade Unions’ calls for what they refer
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