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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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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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LDP press release #2

Contractor tax law changes are a rip off

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Where the Australian Greens go wrong

I have voted Green more often than I have voted Labor (I’ve never voted for the party I’m a member of, but that’s because there hasn’t been a candidate in my electorate yet). I do so for a number of … Continue reading

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6%? Pfff. 9%? Meh. 500%? (faints)

A regular increase in council rates sometimes seems to be an inescapable fact of life. It was quite a surprise to see someone run for Melbourne mayor promising to reduce rates by 5%, for example. He didn’t get in. Typically … Continue reading

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The moderate libertarian case for proactive government action on climate change

In the general scheme of things, libertarians oppose government action to deal with problems. There are an array of good reasons for doing so – the problem may be overstated, or non-existent; it may be done better or cheaper privately; … Continue reading

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Taxing questions

The etymology of ‘tax’ is interesting. It derives from the Latin taxare, meaning ‘evaluate’ or ‘assess’, but also ‘handle’ because of its relation to tangere, meaning ‘to touch’ (from which we get ‘tangible’, and ‘tangent’ – a line that just … Continue reading

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Congestion

I’m lucky in many ways. A wonderful woman, a decent job, financial comfort, a future with change and challenges and excitement – I tick a lot of boxes in the big-picture survey of Life. But I am also lucky in … Continue reading

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