Monthly Archives: June 2003

the business of health II

It seems the Teachers Union Health Fund has got itself in a spot of bother with government regulators over some of the financial deals the TUH board has done using members funds. In an article by Colleen Ryan as a … Continue reading

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be afraid, be very afraid.

When David Morgan suggests (AFR 12/6/03) “…accelerating the phased increase in the preservation age for superannuation from 55 to 60…..” those of you currently aged less than 50 who are anticipating (semi)retirement at 55, should be re-assessing your plans. It’s … Continue reading

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A neo-racist rant?

When you live in Darwin, the horrendous levels of violence in our indigenous community are impossible to ignore. Even more so when my wife Jenny has taught in a predominantly Aboriginal school for the last decade, and when I’ve spent … Continue reading

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Montacrean and Capukim

A friend of mine has suggested that the ALP leadership contest is like the intrigues at your typical Italian renaissance court. The only response to that is something like, “I knew Cesare Borgia, and mate let me tell you, neither … Continue reading

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Race Around the Blogosphere

Perry De Havilland (via Stephen Dawson on Libertarians) has a strange little post on Samizdata, asserting that blogging should be seen as a marketplace rather than a democratic conversation space. The reasoning seems to flow from the extreme libertarian/neo-liberal viewpoint … Continue reading

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Quiggin on Howard

John Quiggin has an excellent post this morning on John Howard’s economic policies. It provides a perfect bookend to Christopher Sheil’s piece on economic rationalism (see below). I especially like Jason Soon’s comment: “My reading of Howard’s commitment to free … Continue reading

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Welcoming Christopher Sheil

As you’ll notice from the entry immediately below, Christopher Sheil has joined the co-blogger team at Troppo Armadillo. As many readers will be aware, Chris has been a frequent and valued comment box contributor to numerous blogs over the last … Continue reading

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