Government cannot refreeze the Greenland icesheet

by Crispin Hull on April 24, 2015

IT HAS been a week of government and communal effort to come to the rescue of people and private property affected by storms and floods. [click to continue…]


St Peter of the three smirks betrays Budget purity

by Crispin Hull on April 18, 2015

OH THE rank hypocrisy of Saint Peter of the Three Smirks. It was he who betrayed the creed of budget prudence by cutting capital gains tax in half; by cutting tax on superannuation for those over 60; and by squandering the fruits of the mining boom on tax cuts for the rich. [click to continue…]


Legal system too slow for copyright solution

by Crispin Hull on April 11, 2015

THE legal system has rarely been able to keep up with technology. And so it has been with the question of the illegal downloading of music and movies from the internet. This week much has been made of the legal victory of the copyright owners of the Dallas Buyers Club in the Federal Court. They successfully sought an order for six internet services providers to disclose the names and addresses of people suspected of illegal downloading. But this was more a technological victory than a legal one. [click to continue…]


Not being Abbott is not enough for Labor

by Crispin Hull on April 4, 2015

LABOR should now stop repaying Tony Abbott for the six years of obstructionist bastardry during the time Labor was last in Government – for Labor’s own sake and the sake of the nation. [click to continue…]

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The broad church accepts high debt

by Crispin Hull on March 28, 2015

THE broad church, as John Howard has put it, that is the Liberal Party has accommodated many views, but it always has had one article of faith – fiscal rectitude. [click to continue…]

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Double dissolution favour majors not minors

by Crispin Hull on March 21, 2015

THE Greens would be the biggest losers in a double dissolution. Perhaps that is why there was a bit of muttering about the possibility among Ministers in the past week. But the talk was quickly dismissed. Undermining Green power is one matter, losing government in the process is another. [click to continue…]

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Thought bubble or super idea?

by Crispin Hull on March 13, 2015

THE special interests came out in force during the week at the suggestion by Treasurer Joe Hockey that young people be allowed to dip into their superannuation to help buy their first home. [click to continue…]

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Being fair to the next generation

by Crispin Hull on March 7, 2015

GOVERNMENT debt in Australia has fluctuated furiously in all the time we have had public finance, so it should not be a big item in an intergenerational report. Other things are much more important. When you look at them, future generations would much prefer a pile of debt and those things protected than no debt and those things lost. [click to continue…]


Disaster as usual in the face of the eye of the storm

by Crispin Hull on February 27, 2015

THE LONG queues of Esky-clutching ice-desperate people outside the very few service-stations with power in the wake of Category 5 Cyclone Marcia should have delivered a pertinent message. Instead, so much of it was disaster-as-usual coverage. Stoicism, good neighbourliness, miraculous escapes; raging torrents; fallen trees; mud in houses; boats floating in main streets and so on. [click to continue…]

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Of roads, railways and water money

by Crispin Hull on February 21, 2015

ONE OF of the most significant broken promises of the Abbott Government has had little attention. But this week things started hotting up. [click to continue…]