Author Archives: Michael Pascoe

Michael Pascoe

About Michael Pascoe

Michael is the contributing editor for The New Daily. Journalist, commentator, speaker, rugby follower, would prefer to be skiing.

MICHAEL PASCOE.  Fear and loathing in superannuation – Liberal and industry fund conspiracy theories

The Productivity Commission’s recommendation that all superannuation funds have an independent chairman and board seems reasonable, yet industry funds are vehemently opposed to it. Meanwhile the industry funds, on average, clearly outperform their retail opposition, but the Liberal Party has been … Continue reading

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MICHAEL PASCOE. Profit-rich private health insurers burning billions on non-health costs

Australian capitalism’s sheltered workshop, the private health insurance industry, is burning billions of dollars a year unrelated to Australians’ health.

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MICHAEL PASCOE. Budget 2018: The ‘Middle Australia’ tax cuts are a con

No, Scott Morrison is not promising average Australians significant tax cuts. To use a technical term, the proposed cuts are ‘bugger all’. The Treasurer is promising a radical flattening of the tax scale to primarily benefit the top tier of income … Continue reading

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MICHAEL PASCOE. It’s confession time and there’s much for the government to confess

If confession is good for the soul, key government figures should be mightily uplifted by the admissions now pouring out of them, however obliquely.

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MICHAEL PASCOE. The reality of our ‘scary’ China confrontation.

Fresh on the heels of the Chinese invasion of Vanuatu that wasn’t, febrile minds have been seized by the headline-grabbing story of a Chinese navy “confrontation” with the Royal Australian Navy. The Prime Minister was quickly ready in London to assert Australia’s right … Continue reading

Posted in Asia, Defence and Security | 2 Comments

MICHAEL PASCOE. What’s the story behind the Dastyari story?

What do leaking spooks, a dashed Dastyari and a dubious donor say about our most important trade partner?

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