Published on ABC The Drum, 18 November 2013
Will dismantling unions be the Abbott Government’s “dollar float” moment?
There are two main competing political legacies in Australia. But they are not ideological so much as methodological.
One is the deregulatory legacy of the Keating and Hawke government. In floating the dollar, moving to deregulate the financial system, and dismantling Australia’s protectionist tariff system, this government is credited by all parties with positioning Australia for a “golden age”.
Blog post from 3 October 2013
Joe Hockey plans to show us how our taxes are being spent. The breakdown will itemise different types of welfare, including family, disability and job support, as well as aged care, defence spending, and interest on national debt.
In one foul swoop, Hockey’s plan will blow extremists of all kinds out of the water. The “all tax is theft” mob will be reminded that some tax spend is indispensable and the “money tree” camp will be forced to recognise that financial limitations are policy realities.
At last a real debate on policy will be possible, as we all confront what our ideological agendas mean for our personal and communal bottom line.
Since this is the debate that the government has in its sights, the initiative is a very clever way to frame it.
IQ2 debate – 18 September 2012
There isn’t, you know. Here I argue why, in my first ever public debate, only three months after my own perfect baby was born http://www.iq2oz.com/debates/there-is-nothing-wrong-with-designer-babies/