Stephen Spartacus

Ita Buttrose: Emma Alberici, eat your heart out

24 November 2020 4:03 pm

In case you managed to miss Ita Buttrose’s stirring speech in defence of her well-remunerated job, sorry, the ABC, here’s…

Those small-l liberals and their ABC

23 November 2020 5:49 pm

In his recent appearance on Insiders, former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vehemently declared that: The Guardian is an avowedly, small-l liberal,…

The compulsory super scam: why get in to bed with the devil if you only want to cuddle?

20 November 2020 4:41 pm

Reported in the Oz: Scott Morrison will delay a decision on whether to ditch next year’s scheduled rise in the…

There’s no public service recession, new figures find

12 November 2020 2:23 pm

How much is enough?  How much should our children and grandchildren be forced to pay for the cowardice of our…

Who needs the Australia Card when you can do a Xi Jinping?

10 November 2020 1:18 pm

My. How soon people forget. In 1985, at the national tax summit, the Labor Government proposed the Australia Card: The…

Malcolm and Kevin, don’t you have homes to go to? Several homes?

8 November 2020 5:04 pm

At a time of record levels of government spending and intrusion, it is perhaps timely to consider the words of…

Why President Sleepy Joe will keep Australia up at night

6 November 2020 12:50 pm

It’s not yet certain, but it is looking likely that Joe Biden will be the next President of the United…

Judgement time

23 October 2020 11:30 am

When does an error in judgement cost someone their job? It depends.    If it is Gladys Berejiklian, you are safe. If…

Coronavirus tipped us into recession – a recession made inevitable by two decades of policy failures

14 October 2020 1:39 pm

There is a natural desire for people to compare this current 2020-21 economic recession to earlier ones, with the most obvious…

Our ruling Kakistocracy

6 October 2020 5:00 am

Studies have shown that cognitive diversity can improve the effectiveness of thinking and quality of decision making in groups.  This is in part…

Superannuation reform requires more than putting lipstick on a pig

1 September 2020 5:00 am

H.L. Mencken once wrote that “for every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong”.  But when…

Another supercilious superannuation superimposition

24 August 2020 7:25 pm

Here’s a little nugget that the superannuation ticket clippers won’t tell you. Early Covid related superannuation withdrawals come with a…

The National Black Hole Network

11 August 2020 6:00 pm

Perhaps thinking he was helping to promote the financial strength of the NBN, Tony Boyd noted in the Australian Financial…

The superannuation skimmers

10 August 2020 4:24 pm

When it comes to sneaky and deceptive ways to separate citizens from their money, there is no better system than…

Meditations on Pyong-Dan

7 August 2020 1:09 pm

Maybe it is time to rename the Murray River. Would not a more apt name be the Yalu River?  After…

A pyromaniac in a field of straw men

30 July 2020 5:00 am

In 1936, in the preface to the German version of his General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, John Maynard…

The other virus

22 July 2020 5:00 am

The barbarians are not at the gate.  The barbarians are manning the gate.  And they decide who gets in and who stays in. …

Masterchef Canberra

13 July 2020 7:34 pm

If you are in the souffle business and you keep delivering broken crackers, no amount of increase in ingredients and…