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RePec rankings in Australia: Adrian still king of the hill

The monthly RePec rankings for Australia are in again. Always an exiting moment for the professional economists in Australia to see whether their latest publications have already been spotted by the automatic search routines, whether they have been cited as … Continue reading

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Capitalism – making life better

Adam Smith had this idea that ‘commercial society’ made a lot of things better, particularly improving the politics and mores of earlier social structures.  As I outlined in a post long ago, he was particularly keen on the way in … Continue reading

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Should CityRail Depart IPART?

IPART is the independent economic regulator for NSW. It oversees regulation and conducts pricing reviews in industries such as electricity, gas, water,taxis and public transport. IPART recently completed a review of pricing for RailCorps rail pricing provided under the CityRail … Continue reading

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Double talk by Michael Stutchbury

After reading todays column by Michael Stutchbury (Tanner needs to sharpen his razor gang to stay in surplus), where he urges that the Government should not fatten the budgets structural bottom line, I remain as bemused as ever. The Governments … Continue reading

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John Gray, the gadfly of liberalism

This is one for Don Arthur, maybe you can help to work out where John Gray is coming from these days and what happened since the time he was a fan of Thatcherism and the New Right. Somewhere along the … Continue reading

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Inside Zimbabwe

This is the latest feed from Eddie Cross, a white MP in the MDC party that is now sharing power with Mugabe. Eddie explains how the power-sharing arrangement has a strong resemblance to the traditional governance of the Shona tribe.

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