Tag Archives: SMH

JOHN MENADUE. How the gaming of land rezoning by vested interests keeps housing unaffordable.

After Easter, we will be posting a ten-part series on making housing more affordable for all. One of the problems in housing affordability is the political muscle of some developers in gaming rezoning and reaping substantial capital gains from property. … Continue reading

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ROSS GITTINS. Outlook for Australian politics and government in 2017.

The area of economic reform where the government’s performance has been most egregious is on policy to ease our transition to a low-carbon economy and honour our commitments at the Paris conference. Leaving aside Abbott’s role in our policy regression, … Continue reading

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LAURIE PATTON. Turnbull’s New Year resolution should be a fibre-based NBN for everyone

 As we all make our New Year’s resolutions, here’s one for Turnbull: build us a better broadband network. It’s time to allow NBN to dump copper and revert to a fibre-based model. The sooner the better.  

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JOHN MENADUE. Cricket – alcohol and junk food.

Cricket has a dangerous relationship with alcohol and junk food.  

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JOHN MENADUE. ‘Faster economic growth demands better chief executives’.

  There was a revealing heading in a recent article by Ross Gittins, the economics editor of the SMH, ‘Faster growth demands better chief executives’. He concluded his article by pointing to the need for business leadership to seize the … Continue reading

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The creeping Americanisation of Australian healthcare.

In this blog, I have repeatedly posted articles about the threat to Medicare in the $11 billion pa. subsidy which the Australian government provides to support private health insurance companies in Australia. We are sleep walking into the destruction of … Continue reading

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Nauru and Manus – the costs of detention.

In this blog, we have drawn attention many times to the inhumanity of our policies towards refugees and asylum seekers in Nauru and Manus. In addition to our immoral conduct, there is also the extraordinary cost of keeping asylum seekers … Continue reading

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PATRICK McGORRY. We must settle the refugees before it is too late.

In this article in the SMH, Patrick McGorry, the President of the Society for Mental Health Research, says; The time has come, before it is too late, to re-settle these fellow human beings and not just the children, but all … Continue reading

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The election campaign’s other big lie: the Coalition hasn’t delivered ‘export agreements’.

  Pearls and Irritations has carried many articles about the exaggerated claims for free trade agreements.  That exaggeration continued during the election campaign. One of the five pillars of Malcolm Turnbull’s ‘plan for jobs and growth’ was the alleged benefits … Continue reading

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Chilcot Report and the ‘patsy from Down Under’.

The Chilcot Report on the UK involvement in the invasion of Iraq has just been released. In a commentary on the report, Paul McGeough in the SMH refers to John Howard as the ‘patsy from Down Under’. The Chilcot Report … Continue reading

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JOHN MENADUE.   Free Trade Agreements. The Abbott and Turnbull Governments were told but wouldn’t listen. They went further and attacked those who expressed concerns.

The ink was hardly dry on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) before we learned about labour market exploitation under the agreement.

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Jon Stanford and Michael Keating. A more efficient submarine solution.

This week the Melbourne Age, SMH and the Canberra Times carried the following article written by Jon Stanford and Michael Keating on the $50 b. submarine project. This article is based on a three part article written by Jon Stanford … Continue reading

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Institute for Public Affairs: the think tank with arms everywhere.

In this blog on 1 April 2016, Greg Bailey wrote about the close relationship between the Liberal Party and the Institute for Public Affairs. http://johnmenadue.com/blog/?p=6023 In the SMH on April 7, Elizabeth Farrelly also wrote about the Institute for Public Affairs … Continue reading

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Negative gearing has created empty houses and artificial scarcity.

In the SMH on March 28, 2016, Laurence Troy and Bill Randolph discuss the problem of negative gearing encouraging owners to leave houses empty. In this article they say ‘At the last census there were nearly 120,000 empty dwellings in … Continue reading

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How long can we keep lying to ourselves.

In the SMH on February 5, 2016, columnist Waleed Aly says ‘The history of asylum seeker policy in Australia will be remembered as a story of how successive governments legislated their lies to justify a world of make-believe borders and … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Tax reform and vested interests.

We are in the midst of a misleading campaign on tax and budget reform. Large corporations and high income groups are pressing the government to increase the GST in order to reduce company tax and taxes for high-income groups. I … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Preferential trade deals – gigantic foundation stones or pebbles?

Malcolm Turnbull has described the TPP as a ‘gigantic foundation stone’ that will deliver ‘more jobs, absolutely’. The World Bank now tells us that the TPP will be more like a pebble than a foundation stone.  See following article by … Continue reading

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Kim Oates. Don’t forget children when talking about domestic violence

Children are victims of domestic violence too. Last week the Children’s Commissioner released this year’s children’s rights report. It provided new data about the prevalence of child physical and sexual abuse and their links with domestic violence. Christmas, traditionally a time … Continue reading

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Royal Commissions for some.

The Abbott government established a Royal Commission to harass trade unions and in the process to damage the ALP. But what we are hearing in this Royal Commission is really small beer by some union hacks. It is small scale … Continue reading

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The Exaggeration over Free Trade Agreements.

I have posted many blogs in the last couple of years concerning the Free Trade Agreements with the Republic of Korea, Japan and China. I have pointed out that the years of negotiation of these agreements occurred under the Rudd … Continue reading

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Focus on tax avoidance, not GST hike.

Michael West, in the SMH continues his many articles on tax avoidance by major international companies who operate in Australia. He mentions many of them, including Big Pharma, Google, Paypal, Newscorp. He comments ‘How long can [these companies] continue to … Continue reading

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Wilful blindness over climate change.

The former head of NAB, Cameron Clyne, has published an opinion piece in the SMH about the failure of political and business leaders to address the issue of climate change. He said that business leaders overwhelmingly support the need for … Continue reading

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John Menadue. Who and for what are we fighting in Iraq.

Australia has sent troops to fight in Iraq Wars I, II and III. Our participation has been disastrous in each. The latest news tells us that in the battle to oust IS from Tikrit the victory belonged to the Shiite … Continue reading

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ICC Cricket World Cup: Alcohol-drenched culture needs to change.

Many media outlets today have drawn attention to the alcohol influenced behaviour of Australian cricketers as they celebrated winning the International World Cup. At the celebration in Federation Square in Melbourne yesterday morning, the Australian captain Michael Clarke seemed to … Continue reading

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The frontier wars – best we forget.

  I have posted many blogs about our refusal to acknowledge the frontier wars,  when we suffered the largest death toll in war in our history in relation to our population at the time. In the SMH on February 12, … Continue reading

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War on terror leads to unusual friendships.

Paul McGeough in the SMH of January 31 draws attention to our dubious links to Middle East countries that have appalling human rights records. Our Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, having given advice to Prime Minister Abbott on a knighthood … Continue reading

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Building more roads is not 21st century thinking.

In my blog of 3 January, I discussed our love affair with cars and how cars are crippling our cities. In the SMH on January 12 this year, Jacob Saulwick takes up the issue of our failure to face up … Continue reading

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Charlie Hebdo – Freedom of expression in an imperfect society.

In this article, Paul McGeough in the SMH says ‘Yes, it is utterly inappropriate to go round shooting those who cause offence, but is it appropriate to go round causing offence?’ Paul McGeough also recalled that when Charlie Hebdo republished … Continue reading

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A taxing tale of two peak bodies.

  In the SMH on 2 January, Michael West drew attention to the ways that two BCAs were treated differently. The Blind Citizens Australia (BCA) learned that it had been subject to federal government funding cuts. Another BCA, the Business … Continue reading

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