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Business/Robbery etc

29 August 2015

It is plainly absurd. As things stand, a judge in an Australian Court apparently has the power to reject an economically vital multi-billion dollar Australian coal export project on the… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

15 August 2015

It had nothing to do with ensuring the survival of the yakka skink and the ornamental snake; they inhabit much of Queensland. And it had even less to do with… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

1 August 2015

At last Australia’s beleaguered coal industry has something going for it. After being labelled unethical by Sydney’s Anglican church and a couple of equally precious universities that have decided to… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

18 July 2015

Some innocents believe that kindly governments provided tax benefits and forced employers to contribute to superannuation just so retirees will have a more comfortable lifestyle. Bunkum. It was really all… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

4 July 2015

Would you knowingly trust your financial future to the tender mercies of the Australian Workers Union? Bill Shorten’s former union, the AWU, that has been one of the stars of… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

20 June 2015

Blame Bob Menzies. With Treasury Secretary John Fraser warning of a housing ‘bubble’ and with prices at ‘crazy’ levels according to Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens, and claims that housing… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

6 June 2015

Like Basil Fawlty and ‘The War’, the Abbott government, in its 2015 budget selling mission, is trying to avoid mentioning ‘The Surplus’, that ephemeral pot of gold at the end… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

23 May 2015

Now Heaven knows, Anything Goes. Especially if it is one of Tony Abbott’s unrewarding ‘Captain’s calls’. When the Cole Porter musical hits Sydney later this year, radio shock-jock Alan Jones… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

9 May 2015

With the state of next week’s 2015-16 budget (and prospects of years of continuing deficits) heavily dependent on what the Treasury guesses will happen to the price of Australia’s biggest… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

25 April 2015

Even potty-mouthed Paul Keating considered Peter Walsh, who died this month, to be in a class above him for rough-house political invective. Blame ‘Old Sid Vicious over there’, Keating told… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

11 April 2015

The Poms can still teach us a thing or two (even if not about their own inventions like cricket and rugby), as shown by Britain’s responses to many of the… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

28 March 2015

It was not only an evident reluctance to embrace economic reform that blighted Malcolm Fraser’s eight years of government and allowed the Hawke-Keating duo falsely to claim the reform initiative… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

14 March 2015

Bribery-prone foreign bank employees and do-gooder whistleblowers, we salute you! They, along with some long overdue international tax agreements, are at last bringing a sudden and, for many Australians an… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

28 February 2015

It was hidden away last week in the finance pages. But it will have a far greater impact on Australians than is normal for an overseas iron ore mining company’s… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

14 February 2015

While Gina Rinehart managed to emerge financially undamaged from her $300 million foolish five-year foray into Fairfax shares, she remained humiliatingly defeated in her attempt to have some influence over… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

31 January 2015

The ghost of a long-dead Sydney stockbroking firm is hexing Queensland Liberal-National Premier Campbell Newman in the closing stages of his State election campaign. He and his deputy Jeff Seeney… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

17 January 2015

The Australian National University’s ‘ethical’ dumping of $16 million in Australian resource stocks last October has progressed from ‘stupid’ (as described at the time by Prime Minister Tony Abbott) to… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

3 January 2015

Wow! Not a pretty sight, these wounds Australia is beginning to suffer in the word’s current cut-throat competitive commodities killing campaign. Before long, corporate victims will join the ‘disappeared’ off… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

29 November 2014

Millions of Australian investors can now sleep safely in their beds knowing that in November 2014 Jacqui Lambie and Ricky Muir saved them from….the big bad bogeyman? When these two… Read more

Business/Robbery etc

15 November 2014

No wonder so many Australians, from those with modest incomes to the very rich, now prefer to satisfy their compulsory superannuation obligations by dumping the existing super funds and doing… Read more

Abbott Flies Into Sydney To Campaign With Three Days To Go

Drowning in a sea of factional self-interests

16 August 2014

Are Tony Abbott and Mike Baird drowning or just waving? By not reaching for Liberal hero John Howard’s lifeline of fundamental reform of the NSW Liberal Party, they may be… Read more


Notes of a diplomat

1 March 2014

New York. One of the best overseas postings in Australia’s Foreign Affairs portfolio. So yet another politician is to enliven his retirement in stylish high-status accommodation at Beekman Place, a… Read more


A forgotten hero

2 November 2013

A spectre haunted the Sydney Opera House’s recent 40th anniversary. It was the disconsolate ghost of that foully treated Danish-bred man. No, not Jørn Utzon, the venerated architect of the… Read more

Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott and Bruce Billson leave the Liberal party meeting at Parliament House Photo: AAP/PA/Alan Porritt

Go ahead, suspend me

19 October 2013

The trouble with the Liberal party is that it doesn’t realise how deeply it is in trouble. Liberals have missed the point that winning by default over chaotic or corrupt… Read more

Informal address

9 February 2013

The political ghost of failed Labor leader Mark Latham hovers over September’s federal election. Recall that it was only the ‘Latham factor’, resulting in the doubling to 360,000 in the… Read more