Stephen Spartacus

Quotas for - uh - merit?

12 July 2022 12:30 pm

It’s back. The discussion of gender quotas in parliament is back in a conversation being led by those who would…

Hell hath no fury like a bureaucrat scorned

15 June 2022 11:00 am

I am big on truth in political advertising which is why I think that so called planning departments should be…

The 'leave me alone' coalition

1 June 2022 3:00 pm

I have never really liked the whole left-right political construct. A framework of who sat to the left or the…

Elections: a trough of public money

1 May 2022 1:00 pm

When the major parties come together to tinker with electoral systems, there is one thing guaranteed; the citizens will get…

Freedom of speech? Tell 'em they're dreaming

8 April 2022 9:00 am

Last week, the High Court released the details of its judgment in the case of Ruddick v. Commonwealth of Australia. (Disclosure…

Speak loudly and wave around wet lettuce: Morrisonian national insecurity

13 March 2022 12:00 pm

The expression, ‘speak softly and carry a big stick’, is attributed to former American President Theodore Roosevelt. Imperfect as his…

Simpleton central

22 February 2022 4:00 am

George Orwell once observed: ‘Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.’ What would Orwell say about Australian…

The Liberal Party’s mission to end liberalism

12 February 2022 7:00 am

Come the next election, I will be voting the Liberal Party last. My reasoning is very simple. If I am…

November 11, 2021: the day the great war against the private sector was won

12 November 2021 4:00 am

Without the slightest hint of irony, the Australian Bureau of Statistics yesterday released the latest Employment and Earnings, Public Sector…

Je suis ScoMo

4 November 2021 5:55 pm

Je suis ScoMo.  Friends, Australians, countrymen, lend me your ears. I come not to bury the Prime Minister. This time. …

What else might our governments lock us down for?

12 August 2021 3:59 pm

According to our politicians and poohbahs of public health, Australians will all be subject to some form of house arrest…

We are stamping on our children’s future with our attempts to stamp out Covid

8 August 2021 3:00 pm

It used to be an intergenerational compact, an unwritten commandment, that we will give to our children better than we…

Our budget has caught a bad case of coronavirus

29 July 2021 5:04 pm

There has been much written and spoken about the Morrison Government’s legislated “tax cuts” and Labor’s decision to not oppose…

The SpecOz: afflicting the comfortable, comforting the afflicted. Or something similar

9 July 2021 3:53 pm

I appear to have hurt the feelings of a very powerful union. About three weeks ago, I wrote a piece…

Political cowardice has a price 

6 July 2021 1:02 pm

The cowardice of our political overlords has a price, and usually that price is not paid by these decision-makers but…

Who really benefits from health care?

22 June 2021 2:45 pm

It’s not obvious who sets health care policy in Australia and it’s not obvious for whose benefit it even is.…

Is this Australia’s William Jennings Bryan moment?

21 June 2021 2:57 pm

William Jennings Bryan? Never heard of him? Take a look at Wikipedia:  William Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860 – July…

The Australian public dis-service: part II

16 June 2021 5:12 pm

On Monday, I wrote in these august pages about the lack of economic reform in Australia being a function of both poor quality…

The Australian public dis-service

14 June 2021 5:08 pm

Former US Secretary of Defence Donald Rumsfeld once quipped: “You go to war with the army you have, not the army…

Applying the wrong industrial remedies

22 May 2021 9:00 am

On industrial policy our governments are lazy

Our monetary mandarins must be reading the SpecOz

20 May 2021 4:43 pm

In March of this year, I wrote in this august publication:  For the economic benefit of the nation, let’s end this…

Throw another bundle of banknotes on the barbie

14 May 2021 1:30 pm

If I may plagiarise Anthony Albanese — who plagiarised Michael Douglas in The American President — “In Australia, we have…

Oh my Josh, it’s the Oprah budget

11 May 2021 7:45 pm

Pop culture obsessives will never forget the famous episode of the Oprah Winfrey Show where the queen of America gave…

Budget 2021: the dregs of the Labor party

10 May 2021 4:00 am

At the start of the seventies, Kim Beazley Senior told an ALP conference “When I joined the Labor Party, it…

The Morrison Government: we must spend money in order to save it

22 April 2021 6:03 pm

On Tuesday I wrote here, I wrote about the values vacuity of Prime Minister Morrison and his Government.  Then, yesterday,…