Govt should invest more in Tax Office

by Crispin Hull on October 18, 2014

IT SHOULD not need a Senate committee investigation to expose Australia’s corporate tax avoiders. That is why you have an Australian Taxation Office. But over the past few years the ATO has come under a lot of strain with foolish staff cuts. [click to continue…]


Make subs in Australia or forget the whole project

by Crispin Hull on October 11, 2014

THE news this week that Indonesia is to buy submarines from South Korea with a view to eventually importing enough technology to start building their own in the near future must be quite depressing for the Australian Defence Force. [click to continue…]


Hockey caught by Honest John Howard’s law

by Crispin Hull on October 4, 2014

TREASURER Joe Hockey has been caught out – by John Howard no less. In 1998 the Howard Government passed the Charter of Budget Honesty Act. It required the Department of Finance to publish a “Final Budget Outcome” by 30 September each year. [click to continue…]

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Abbott joins wrong international effort

by Crispin Hull on September 27, 2014

THERE’S nothing like an external threat to ginger up support for a government. It happened this week after Tony Abbott’s speech to Parliament and the United Nations. His approval rating shot up six points. The voters, of course, are irrational. But smart politicians recognise voters’ irrationality and you can hardly blame them for playing the national security card. But do not mistake it for leadership. [click to continue…]

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High Court says no to indefinite refugee detention

by Crispin Hull on September 20, 2014

THE High Court has put a bit of a dent in John Howard’s 2001 election slogan: “We decide who comes here, and the circumstances in which they come.” Last week, the court overturned action of the Minister for Immigration which would have blocked a stateless refugee’s chance at applying for a visa. [click to continue…]

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Scaremongers on Scottish independence meet match

by Crispin Hull on September 13, 2014

I WONDER if the Prime Minister of an independent Scotland will be as witty as former New Zealand Prime Minister Robert “Piggy” Muldoon when bands of Scottish unemployed move across the border to pick up higher unemployment benefits in a more prosperous England. [click to continue…]


‘Independent’ inquiries go up in smoke

by Crispin Hull on September 5, 2014

ANOTHER week, another shift towards great inequality in Australia. Another week and another “independent” inquiry delivers precisely the recommendations that the government expected and wanted from the people it appointed to the inquiry. Former Reserve Bank board member Dick Warburton’s review of the Renewable Energy Target was a classic example of the political adage “never have an inquiry unless you know the result” and the best way to know the result is to pick the right person to head the inquiry. [click to continue…]


Two things Abbott has done well

by Crispin Hull on August 30, 2014

A READER challenged me last week to find just one good thing Tony Abbott and his government has done. I have to confess that it is a big challenge. It came after last week’s column lambasting Abbott for bringing us “Team Australia”. [click to continue…]


Team Australia a refuge for scoundrels

by Crispin Hull on August 23, 2014

TONY Abbott has been at it for a couple of weeks now – referring to “Team Australia”. It tells us a lot about how he and his government think. [click to continue…]


Private education no help at uni or for jobs

by Crispin Hull on August 16, 2014

THE evidence is mounting that sending your children to a private school is a waste of money.

New work by University of Canberra research fellow Jennifer Chesters shows that the employment success after university of private-school students was no better than that of students from government schools with equivalent tertiary-entry scores. [click to continue…]