Category Archives: Politics – national

More Uber musings

Chris Lloyd’s comment on my previous Uber post prompt some further thoughts that I think merit a separate post.  Chris said: “If you want to make a living off of Uber, you’re going to have to drive an insane number … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Law, Politics - national | 3 Comments

Taxis, Uber and a fair day’s pay

A story in this morning’s media highlights the vulnerable position of pseudo self-employed “independent” contractors under Australian law: A Perth-based Uber driver is suing the Silicon Valley giant for terminating him without notice, leaving him with $80,000 worth of car loans – one of which he says was spruiked by Uber. … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Politics - national | 6 Comments

Re-imagining my “ideal” tax system

With the ongoing partisan squabbling about tax accompanying the imminent federal election, I thought it might be worth setting out my own “wish list” for an ideal tax system. As readers know, I am not an economist or accountant, and … Continue reading

Posted in Death and taxes, Politics - national | 12 Comments

Would sortition help against corruption?

Political parties and institutions in Australia and the US are increasingly dominated by interest groups representing the few, leading to a large policy-induced increase in inequality in recent decades and a long raft of new policies favouring the few by … Continue reading

Posted in bubble, Cultural Critique, Economics and public policy, Ethics, Geeky Musings, History, Information, Law, Libertarian Musings, Life, Philosophy, Political theory, Politics - national, Public and Private Goods, regulation, Social Policy, Society | 64 Comments

The corporate tax cut scam

Prime Minister Turnbull and Treasurer Morrison are currently refusing to admit the cost to revenue of the Coalition’s ten-year corporate tax cut plan which will reduce company tax for all corporations to 25% by 2025-26. Chris Richardson of Access Economics … Continue reading

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Neoliberal? Moi?

Though wildly tendentious, this  piece by Monbiot is an excellent spray against neoliberalism, a subject with which your correspondent has a vexed relation. I used to describe myself as a neoliberal, but now I’m afraid due to a mixture of distaste at its excesses and the … Continue reading

Posted in Economics and public policy, Philosophy, Political theory, Politics - national | 13 Comments

Countering the nattering nabobs of negativism on high speed rail

This post is a follow-up to one I wrote last week (see the latter half of it) and also a response to a more recent post by David Walker. I certainly wouldn’t argue with David’s assertion that a Sydney-Brisbane Very … Continue reading

Posted in Politics - national, Public and Private Goods | 56 Comments