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First thoughts on proposed carbon tax

Julia Gillard has broken an election promise, and for once I approve. Her government has decided to accept the Greens’ proposal of an interim carbon dioxide emissions (CO2e) tax, to come into effect next year, before a likely transition to … Continue reading

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Told you I wasn’t any good at this

I have waited for 17 days to do a stocktake of my predictions before the election, and technically I should wait until all the counting is done, but I don’t think any new developments will change how well I did. … Continue reading

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That looks familiar…

I didn’t watch the Liberals’ campaign launch, but according to the Sydney Morning Herald, Tony Abbott commended the review’s plan ”for lower, simpler, fairer personal income taxes and an end to the money-go-round that traps people in poverty”, with the … Continue reading

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Obligatory election prediction

Barring any game-changing developments, Labor will win. They were going to win with Rudd as leader anyway, but they’ll probably do slightly better with Gillard. The deposing of Rudd will not be a big factor by the end of the … Continue reading

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Those who would give up essential liberty…

Two opinion columns in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, one by Ross Cameron on Vladimir Putin and one by Paul Sheehan on terrorism trials, shared a common theme of minimising the importance of human rights. Ross Cameron, a conservative Christian former … Continue reading

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Catch-up

The by-elections are done, and in Bradfield, Lucy Gabb of the Liberal Democrats has so far received 516 votes, or 0.8% of the total. I think this is an excellent result for a campaign by an unknown party with no … Continue reading

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Dripping?

Malcolm Turnbull in Parliament today, regarding the leak about the Rudd-Bush phone call: The Prime Minister’s fingerprints are all over this. Every letter, every paragraph is dripping with his DNA. WTF? I mean, he could have said “it has his … Continue reading

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