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» 26/02/2024 10:27:39 AM I knew Ross in the '80s when he was an ACTU Researcher. He's a nice guy, he's intelligent,.....
» 29/01/2024 7:40:53 AM The only Olympic Games in several decades to be profitable was Sydney, where state GDP was.....
» 11/12/2023 9:29:37 AM I'm a former economic policy adviser, I advised the Queensland government on many major pr.....
» 7/08/2023 10:04:39 AM “yet whether anyone is indeed offended, insulted, humiliated or intimidated is up to the r.....
» 18/04/2023 5:57:49 PM Terrific post Stuart, this should be widely distributed by opponents of the Voice proposal.....
» 20/03/2023 9:14:35 AM Sounds like a sensible plan......
» 23/01/2023 9:06:59 AM Just say "No!".....
» 5/12/2022 11:27:20 AM I sent this to the Australian Editor recently (not printed): "ACT DPP Shane Drumgold .....
» 19/09/2022 7:23:00 AM Viv, you are a well-informed realist. This piece should be re-posted in national media......
» 19/09/2022 7:19:46 AM "It completely misread the mood of the electorate." This was clear every day fro.....
» 15/08/2022 9:32:58 AM The Coalition's heavy electoral loss was in (large?) part because of Morrison's supporting.....
» 15/08/2022 9:24:05 AM Of course, if that plan ever came to fruition, many who have made their careers on pursuin.....
» 15/08/2022 9:19:00 AM The Palaszczuk Government has a strong record of ignoring rules and customs designed to fo.....
» 9/05/2022 8:21:30 AM Having talked to the LDP President and checked their policies, I decided to vote LDP. Then.....
» 7/02/2022 10:47:05 AM JP: you say that “If a person is an atheist, then it is hard to even make sense of the not.....
» 7/02/2022 10:38:57 AM “there are three ways to gain wisdom-reflection, imitation, and experience.” There is a fo.....
» 4/01/2022 9:06:01 AM To be born as a human being is a rare and wonderful thing. I can think of few grounds for .....
» 6/12/2021 10:02:06 AM I've never been interested in smoking or drinking, but I'm in agreement with Littlejohn. T.....
» 12/07/2021 2:20:52 PM "Moreover, children in particular have an inherent right to health care, free educati.....
» 14/06/2021 12:33:52 PM I'll merely comment that I was friendly with two men who lived (separately) on the riversi.....
» 24/05/2021 2:23:16 PM The sport I was best at was Rugby Union, the one I most enjoy watching is football aka soc.....
» 24/05/2021 2:14:16 PM I've met many politicians from various countries, and have met Amanda Stoker twice. I rate.....
» 26/04/2021 2:25:28 PM Banjo Paterson, the concept of a 100-year lease for the Port of Darwin was insane. At any .....
» 26/04/2021 2:15:32 PM Good analysis, Graham.....
» 26/04/2021 2:10:24 PM The Canberra light-rail was entirely political. No party supported it, but the election wa.....
» 22/02/2021 9:31:06 AM Spot on, I'm amazed that Dan and his government have any credibility, yet they have great .....
» 22/02/2021 9:20:59 AM Short answer - I might send a longer one to TdJ. I really enjoyed LSD 1967/8 to '72; and c.....
» 14/12/2020 10:23:30 AM "As the greenhouse gas emissions of human society push the earth towards catastrophic.....
» 14/12/2020 10:21:04 AM So hopefully there will be a solution to an apparently intractable problem. But that wil t.....
» 30/11/2020 2:09:41 PM I don’t believe that the UN was ever intended to be a global governance system; and while .....
» 5/10/2020 9:37:39 AM I gave up God and religion in 1955, when I was 13, as I couldn’t reconcile it with my rati.....
» 20/07/2020 10:31:09 AM Can't agree with Taswegian's first comment, but I agree with you, Don. There is no serious.....
» 13/07/2020 10:10:53 AM Graham you might find this of interest: https://www.albertfuchs.com/summary-speculation-su.....
» 6/07/2020 10:19:10 AM Chris, many years ago I got great benefit from a book of yours on start-ups, venture capit.....
» 14/04/2020 8:22:11 AM I gave up God and religion in 1955, when I was 13, so I can not be accused of pro-Catholic.....
» 6/04/2020 12:49:42 PM Aidan, the main authority on this is US economist Robert Barro, who has found no evidence .....
» 6/04/2020 12:46:15 PM "But experience tells us there’s always a future cost when there’s a rush of red ink .....
» 13/01/2020 9:44:13 AM ... emissions-reduction programmes......
» 13/01/2020 9:38:17 AM Excellent article, thank you Brendan. But history shows that the chance of commonsense pre.....
» 23/12/2019 10:13:57 AM My forte was economic policy rather than modelling, but I first used large-scale modelling.....
» 2/12/2019 11:02:18 AM Well, two anti-semitic posts out of three, rather proves your point. The 1967 war, the one.....
» 25/11/2019 11:35:13 AM I full agree with the fireload argument. My first home in Australia was on a hilly 40-acre.....
» 3/06/2019 2:22:06 PM About 30 years ago I did an extensive survey of literature on GDP growth and government sp.....
» 6/05/2019 4:04:49 PM Democracy in England developed over several centuries (an excellent reference is Robert To.....
» 1/10/2018 4:20:00 PM Some good sense, which I hoped a non-Turnbull government might embrace. A Labor-lite appro.....
» 16/04/2018 9:41:18 AM Your claims that “It is a major problem for the whole human race. Not one person is exempt.....
» 9/04/2018 3:44:55 PM "Declaring that Europe will be Muslim ..." Well, he got that right, the level of.....
» 12/02/2018 4:02:52 PM My only disagreement is your statement that greater market share for renewables “is of cou.....
» 14/08/2017 1:44:06 PM I had arguments with Sellick years ago which went nowhere, so I'll be brief. The advice of.....
» 14/08/2017 1:33:33 PM "How else could so many American Christians vote for Trump, the epitome of narcissist.....
» 18/04/2017 5:39:49 PM Cooper, I didn't realize that Weatherill was either God or female. My faith in both is sha.....
» 18/04/2017 5:37:27 PM runner, I think that it's a long time since university expansion passed the point of margi.....
» 18/04/2017 4:04:00 PM Campbell Newman had the first coherent and sensible economic plan for Queensland since I w.....
» 6/02/2017 12:27:59 PM Great Britain, failing EU......
» 29/11/2016 12:40:04 PM Baygon, after stupidly closing its nuclear power plants because of a tsunami in Japan (unb.....
» 28/11/2016 7:18:27 PM Thanks, Nicola. I've been arguing in the same vein for many years. We are very poor at for.....
» 12/09/2016 5:43:13 PM Joe, more parallels. I was advised from a supportive insider that I was seen as a threat b.....
» 12/09/2016 3:28:54 PM I left the Methodist church and became an atheist in 1955, when I was 13. My position now .....
» 11/04/2016 11:26:17 AM Viv, what you state has been known for many years. The serious question is why so many pol.....
» 4/04/2016 6:38:43 PM "... had been seen by ...".....
» 4/04/2016 6:36:56 PM Don, I’m not a Rawlsian, but I drew on his work in my 1999 NCP paper “The Economics of Com.....
» 4/04/2016 5:10:34 PM Large cities such as London, New York, Silicon Valley are major sources of ideas, innovati.....
» 4/04/2016 4:40:31 PM I’m in Vladimir’s camp. Government interventions in functioning markets (and even non-func.....
» 11/01/2016 11:25:03 AM Alon, what a shame that you have not been Obama's adviser over the last several years. His.....
» 12/10/2015 4:59:27 PM yuyutsu, welfare should be unconditional? Nonsense, no one has the right to demand that ot.....
» 12/10/2015 4:54:05 PM doog, not everyone wants to work 38 hours – cf students, mums at home wanting a change of .....
» 12/10/2015 4:47:23 PM ttbn, growth in employment has attracted people back into the jobs market, hence the growt.....
» 3/08/2015 5:15:57 PM Murray, you state that “It is therefore inevitable that the tax base must be widened and t.....
» 9/06/2015 1:09:27 PM Thanks, Chris, I had some dealings with you in your venture capital days. Tombee, as a (no.....
» 18/05/2015 8:30:03 PM phanto, you say that "All theological thinking is rationalisation." Not only the.....
» 18/05/2015 9:58:04 AM (cont) When peoples’ lives are no longer dominated by daily survival, they have the time a.....
» 18/05/2015 9:56:36 AM Peter, years ago I took issue with you on several occasions, without useful outcome. But I.....
» 18/05/2015 9:28:57 AM India has nuclear weapons, it has other sources of uranium, there are no sensible grounds .....
» 27/04/2015 8:18:05 AM Could there be a better alternative system? Short answer - no. Like democracy, it is imper.....
» 16/03/2015 9:37:44 PM the Buddha taught a practice by which each individual could free him- or herself from suff.....
» 8/12/2014 1:16:37 PM I sympathise with this article. 57 million people will die this year - 157,000 every day. .....
» 22/05/2014 4:19:08 PM PPS: Few argue that there should be no government, the arguments tend to be about the size.....
» 22/05/2014 4:06:05 PM PS: a point I made in The Australian during the Rudd-Gillard debacle is worth repeating. I.....
» 22/05/2014 3:05:26 PM There was virtually no economic growth around the world for about 2000 years before the st.....
» 25/02/2014 8:04:58 AM Our pain is never from external input, it is always from our reaction. What those who are .....
» 2/12/2013 10:02:39 AM Good heavens, Paul, I would have been happy to have written that myself. Delighted to find.....
» 24/06/2013 1:22:31 PM I don’t wish to trivialise either men’s mental health problems or the Men’s Shed movement,.....
» 29/04/2013 9:46:49 AM Mark, good post......
» 28/12/2011 8:47:13 AM Of course, the issue arises only because of Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and Irani st.....
» 28/12/2011 8:35:31 AM "Where is this unhappiness coming from?" Where all unhappiness comes from, insid.....
» 28/12/2011 7:41:10 AM "Some even fear a regime collapse. This is often blamed on layered bureaucracy.".....
» 13/10/2011 5:47:37 PM Trashcanman, here’s my January 2009 OLO post on the issue: It’s unfortunate that none of .....
» 13/10/2011 5:45:01 PM TrashcanMan, the only part of Rudd’s response to the GFC which might have had merit was th.....
» 11/07/2011 9:50:20 AM I'm an "erstwhile Labor voter" who worked as an economic policy adviser for by f.....
» 11/07/2011 9:30:36 AM Alan, that's spot on. We have a government set on destroying wealth for no benefit. You sh.....
» 20/06/2011 11:32:01 AM Chris, all good stuff except that after 40 years of ice core studies, Prof Zbigniew Jaworo.....
» 19/06/2011 7:04:10 PM Those interested in the validity or non-validity of the science behind CAGW will find much.....
» 31/08/2010 1:41:24 PM (cont) “Given their ample width, it is difficult to say that recent warming is an extraord.....
» 31/08/2010 1:32:18 PM The AGW case depends, inter alia, on there being recent global warming out of line with lo.....
» 30/08/2010 1:21:50 PM Mark, you say that “the so-called laws of physics do not hold true in the sub atomic realm.....
» 24/05/2010 12:54:39 PM Several commenters seem to think that minerals development should have stopped in the Ston.....
» 1/02/2010 11:08:12 AM As head of QT’s economic policy branch, I directed economic modelling and financial analys.....
» 1/02/2010 10:59:35 AM Chris, you should not be surprised that the word “entrepreneur” is mentioned only once in .....
» 6/07/2009 2:53:34 PM I've recently received flyers advertising solar hot water systems with government subsidie.....
» 6/07/2009 2:41:15 PM “analysis of Antarctic ice cores show that levels of carbon dioxide and methane in the atm.....
» 24/06/2009 5:44:01 PM I see that we are still awaiting a cogent, well-argued refutation from the AGW alarmists ......
» 24/06/2009 5:29:33 PM Snuggie ads are met in our family by guffaws of disbelief and "Who on earth would buy.....
» 21/06/2009 2:43:59 PM I have great sympathy for and empathy with the suffering Burmese, but I don't think that a.....
» 9/06/2009 1:30:54 PM It's my birthday today, I always regard the early-June holiday as being in my honour, any .....
» 9/06/2009 1:28:05 PM I'll just say "Well said" before you get attacked ........
» 9/06/2009 1:24:02 PM Ho hum, back to living in the moment......
» 1/06/2009 9:53:59 PM Re Treasury heads/Ken Henry: Australia has been fortunate in having a run of very good he.....
» 1/06/2009 9:19:39 PM Rupert Smith, one of Britain’s most experienced generals and UN commander in Bosnia in 199.....
» 1/06/2009 6:15:27 PM Scott, I generally agree with you, but it's hard to classify the fuel subsidy as a distort.....
» 23/05/2009 11:04:16 AM Webby, we trade because it makes us better off. We export things we produce competitively .....
» 22/05/2009 9:11:32 PM We can help create conditions for sustained economic growth, but can’t determine which ind.....
» 14/05/2009 1:42:23 PM Pericles, "It cannot be a coincidence, one suspects, that the current edition of The .....
» 12/05/2009 8:29:09 PM Yes, fascinating. I particularly liked reading that "He spoke like most gods would, w.....
» 12/05/2009 8:14:48 PM Well said, Troy, I agree that Greenspan’s lack of caution was a major factor in the crisis.....
» 12/05/2009 7:52:33 PM Thatcher on society; "and so they are casting their problems on society and who is s.....
» 12/05/2009 7:44:31 PM Rather than fully enter the debate, I present two snippets; the first, a letter to The Aus.....
» 12/05/2009 7:29:33 PM Jenny says she would support a national curriculum subject to several reasonable and sensi.....
» 2/05/2009 2:26:00 PM Herbert, there are some strong reasons against government provision of infrastructure. For.....
» 1/05/2009 7:12:13 PM President Obama was described in an Australian Editorial (27/4) as being "more willin.....
» 1/05/2009 6:58:20 PM I note, without surprise, that the shortfalls in economic infrastructure which business co.....
» 6/04/2009 12:14:27 PM "Australians are increasingly convinced they are facing the early impacts of global w.....
» 31/03/2009 9:20:13 PM Having had a long acquaintance with Burmese people and having visited the country in 1980 .....
» 31/03/2009 8:59:33 PM One of the most experienced British generals, a former number two in NATO, notes that ther.....
» 25/03/2009 5:33:50 PM The paper I was thinking of is by Henry Ergas at http://www.ipa.org.au/news/1809/the-crisi.....
» 24/03/2009 8:15:49 PM Well said, Mark, Rudd is way off beam on this and many other issues. His stance in the Mon.....
» 9/03/2009 5:01:04 PM david f, Harvard’s Robert Barro has estimated that the net multiplier effect of Roosevelt’.....
» 24/02/2009 4:21:24 PM Shadow Minister et al, I have just read and recommend articles on Keynesianism and appropr.....
» 24/02/2009 4:11:30 PM Well said, Richard, let's hope the Victorian government etc respond better than did their .....
» 23/02/2009 7:38:34 AM "Charging interest is nothing more than penalising people for the crime of being poor.....
» 22/02/2009 9:25:46 AM Wing Ah Ling, I fully agree, I'm not arguing for government spending but taking a "se.....
» 21/02/2009 11:21:35 AM Rudd's massive spending does nothing to improve the long-term structure, productivity and .....
» 16/02/2009 11:56:57 AM "With Radio-Frequency Identification a thief with a scanner could get an inventory of.....
» 13/02/2009 10:11:54 AM Well said. India is a wonderful country in which some terrible things happens, and Slumdog.....
» 13/02/2009 9:50:32 AM Allow me to point a finger. Those who successfully opposed fire hazard-reduction burning i.....
» 13/02/2009 9:24:00 AM Spot on, required reading for all concerned. Some responses to points made in media debate.....
» 13/02/2009 8:55:59 AM A good little article on a fascinating topic. But I disagree that "nothing changes. T.....
» 11/02/2009 12:31:10 PM George, not "humour" as categorised by OLO, but documented tragedy. When given t.....
» 11/02/2009 12:09:09 PM "Daft, I call it!" as Oor Ernie's Dad used to say. I've asked my family to dig a.....
» 2/02/2009 1:44:29 PM “because [the Howard government] aimed to reduce state power to the maximum possible exten.....
» 29/01/2009 8:42:22 PM Spikey, as mentioned above, we looked for the best schools for our kids, in broad developm.....
» 29/01/2009 8:17:25 PM Governments know best ... “Surely grown-ups do not believe that any more.” Amazingly, many.....
» 27/01/2009 4:19:37 PM Oops, the second para should read "Clearly not in such cases as further massive subsi.....
» 27/01/2009 4:15:59 PM It’s unfortunate that none of the Rudd Government’s measured have been designed with long-.....
» 20/01/2009 8:14:51 PM We had a simple backyard Anderson shelter (trench, corrugated iron, earth) in Coventry in .....
» 14/01/2009 9:03:26 PM KRudd's policies will make little or no difference to the Earth's temperature (whether or .....
» 14/01/2009 8:49:58 PM Rather than leave a good article without comments, I'll just say that I greatly appreciate.....
» 14/01/2009 8:47:40 PM "Ministerial staff have become a threat to good policy advice given their increased n.....
» 13/01/2009 4:42:05 PM Bennie, Richard Lindzen will tell you "who these 'vested interests' are" at http.....
» 13/01/2009 4:01:00 PM Ken, you make some good points, but "I agree that there is an argument for government.....
» 13/01/2009 3:48:44 PM Twenty years ago I wrote an EPAC paper on Productivity in Australia. At that time the prod.....
» 5/01/2009 9:22:06 PM “If we keep pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere the weather could flip to another s.....
» 3/01/2009 9:03:20 PM Sancho, Sells is not knocking science,but making the valid point that what matters is whet.....
» 26/12/2008 7:05:09 AM Diocletian, some comments from my critique of a 2003 Queensland Government paper on econom.....
» 24/12/2008 6:53:30 PM Kevin, the rundown systems are precisely because Labour State governments have wasted thei.....
» 24/12/2008 6:45:59 PM I'm pleased to see an innovative approach in this area. However, the bottom line is still .....
» 24/12/2008 4:40:13 PM Perhaps the author should develop "ordinary language that conveys a clear and precise.....
» 24/12/2008 4:31:36 PM Kevin, you'ld lend your money to the government so that it "will never be wasted".....
» 22/12/2008 4:08:59 PM "Death is an awful horror'? No, it's a natural part of life, which is all ebb and flo.....
» 22/12/2008 1:17:36 PM Grim, Descartes was, of course, mistaken in saying "I think, therefore I am," ra.....
» 20/12/2008 8:39:44 PM Markets are very efficient devices for providing and processing information, for organisin.....
» 20/12/2008 8:11:23 PM Keith, “picking winners” is always a bad policy. Commercial businesses and investors thriv.....
» 19/12/2008 8:23:18 PM Oliver, point taken, I was contesting the author's view that this was the biggest economic.....
» 19/12/2008 1:38:17 PM mil-observer, I visited Burma in 1980 and 2004 and have known many Burmese. The military h.....
» 19/12/2008 12:23:56 PM As an economist, I've never known anyone who argued "that untamed pursuit of economic.....
» 19/12/2008 12:13:04 PM Less drastically, we might scrap the "baby bonus" which is likely to be more of .....
» 19/12/2008 12:01:06 PM Whether interventions such as $6bn to an over-capacity car industry which for decades coul.....
» 16/12/2008 9:16:26 PM Col, Diocletain, Yabby, well said. Ludwig, I've worked as an economic policy adviser to th.....
» 12/12/2008 10:50:09 AM Jedimaster, in the absence of a "coherent textbook", I'd strongly recommend Chri.....
» 12/12/2008 9:28:37 AM The investment in education will not of itself create wealth, nor will it be fully rewarde.....
» 11/12/2008 8:06:14 PM "Indeed, this is becoming the government’s modus operandi: set up massive slush funds.....
» 11/12/2008 7:44:38 PM Mark, I empathise with your being vilified by arguing on the basis of evidence rather than.....
» 17/11/2008 5:54:55 PM I was born in England in 1942, and grew up on Tyneside (North East) in a poor fatherless f.....
» 10/11/2008 12:31:54 PM Correction - the Lomborg article at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/columnists/gu.....
» 10/11/2008 12:24:24 PM The UK Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology has recently published a summary ass.....
» 10/11/2008 11:53:55 AM xoddam, you suppose that Hamilton "felt his name conferred undeserved legitimacy on t.....
» 1/11/2008 3:16:34 PM Rudd's response to the financial crisis was a knee-jerk one, typical of Queensland politic.....
» 20/10/2008 7:01:21 PM The major issue for me in recent elections has been the low levels of honesty and integrit.....
» 20/10/2008 6:46:15 PM I don't know any cornucopia economists, the author has two quotes from the oil industry an.....
» 10/10/2008 9:09:50 PM Pro tem I'll repeat my recent reply to Fred Argy: Another reason, Fred, is that state gov.....
» 9/10/2008 3:46:42 PM Another reason, Fred, is that state governments have an appalling record in backing wealth.....
» 9/10/2008 3:15:19 PM Can't be Col, his posts over the years have been pretty sensible, and he usually copes wel.....
» 8/10/2008 7:09:20 PM Polycarp, Vipassana is not “a physical solution” but a deep spiritual process of self-puri.....
» 6/10/2008 8:06:19 PM aro, I live in Brisbane; Cornflower, I have never had an extravagant lifestyle whatever my.....
» 6/10/2008 2:57:03 PM On the last point, addicts are always driven to addiction by some particular suffering, of.....
» 6/10/2008 2:25:47 PM Polycarp, not “Buddhist”, which is sectarian, but realist – the Buddha taught a technique .....
» 6/10/2008 2:00:18 PM Alison claims that "there is substantial alarm in Australia right now about a crisis .....
» 6/10/2008 12:43:17 PM I’ve found this discussion very sketchy. Addiction is the issue - the focus of that addict.....
» 30/09/2008 9:16:27 PM An excellent contribution to the debate is Major-General Jim Molan’s “Surviving the War in.....
» 30/09/2008 6:25:52 PM Kath, you "want" an awful lot of things which are outside your control. Life doe.....
» 30/09/2008 4:39:39 PM Nick, IC and BIE modelling showed that the tax concession led to small increases in busine.....
» 30/09/2008 4:14:59 PM Senior Victorian, Chris's early-90s book on venture capital was far and away the best in t.....
» 29/09/2008 9:14:39 PM My wife and I thought that it was best if she stayed at home in our three children's early.....
» 29/09/2008 9:03:44 PM Australia is fairly good at invention, but innovation is primarily a commercial process. O.....
» 29/09/2008 2:19:44 PM Not only was, and is, the treatment of Dr Haneef baseless and appalling, the authorities a.....
» 22/09/2008 1:28:20 PM I don’t think that there can be a “Christian voice” - there are many allegedly Christian g.....
» 15/09/2008 2:18:32 PM Australia would make a greater contribution to containing global greenhouse gas emissions .....
» 15/09/2008 2:11:09 PM Failure may or may not be an opportunity to learn; it depends on the capacity and reaction.....
» 15/09/2008 1:03:20 PM "Evaluations ... show that the payback of early intervention to society [from investm.....
» 5/09/2008 5:54:51 PM Every word was new once; many which are old have changed their meaning. If a new word gain.....
» 5/09/2008 5:49:40 PM My own experience following a family break-up in infancy is that a close and loving relati.....
» 3/09/2008 4:52:53 PM dogstarr, you can't be sirius! (I'll just go and lie down ...).....
» 27/08/2008 7:24:50 PM "Is there a way to ensure that all Olympic athletes have a more level playing field i.....
» 27/08/2008 7:19:08 PM Born 1942, father walked out 1944, grew-up in poor single-parent family in post-war Britai.....
» 27/08/2008 7:01:18 PM I have no sympathy for Gunns; in Queensland, they profited for decades as their prime sour.....
» 27/08/2008 6:49:45 PM This article increases my disregard for left-wing so-called public intellectuals. Spot on,.....
» 12/08/2008 12:02:51 PM Nick's article shows the degree of differences which can arise in modelling fairly simple .....
» 11/08/2008 6:12:08 PM Kieran, not an assumption but an observable fact. A human being is a flow of physical and .....
» 11/08/2008 5:25:07 PM I’ve never been much into symbolism or myth; perhaps one of the many parts of the “normal .....
» 10/08/2008 6:16:54 PM Kieran, you say that "behaviour is the CONTROL of perceptions." Nothing could be.....
» 10/08/2008 6:08:39 PM Virtually all scientific and economic research depends on application of statistical metho.....
» 23/07/2008 6:13:43 PM PS here's the link to the referred book which allows you to read much of it. http://book.....
» 23/07/2008 6:08:05 PM For a completely different perspective, which examines the geological record and processes.....
» 23/07/2008 5:28:45 PM A basic economics concept is opportunity cost - to be viable, the risk-adjusted rate of re.....
» 16/07/2008 6:25:16 PM Dickie (and with apologies to Janama), I've seen work by one of the US's leading cancer ep.....
» 15/07/2008 6:13:52 PM At the Brisbane Town Hall meeting on Friday, only one speaker challenged Garnaut’s accepta.....
» 15/07/2008 5:52:33 PM "Being energy independent would be a huge competitive advantage in a time of high ene.....
» 7/07/2008 3:50:18 PM IMHO spiritual development is an individual thing, not dependent on an hierarchical organi.....
» 7/07/2008 3:40:08 PM I haven’t read the 79 posts, I’d just like to comment on Clive Hamilton. I first met him i.....
» 23/06/2008 10:41:54 AM The Rudd government would be crazy to rush into costly measures without (a) a clearer demo.....
» 18/05/2008 2:42:11 PM A friend of mine who used to teach high school maths in Queensland left in despair about t.....
» 17/05/2008 5:22:46 AM "Has anyone in the State Government actually thought this thing through?" In my .....
» 11/05/2008 3:54:30 PM Barry Brooks, as I said a few days ago, it's not all about non-climate scientists trespass.....
» 8/05/2008 1:17:44 PM You say that those who question the IPCC line "are all cut of the same anti-intellect.....
» 7/05/2008 7:13:33 PM I find a lot to disagree with in the article; but put that to one side. A "good".....
» 14/04/2008 12:09:59 PM A did a very quick assessment for Queensland Treasury of the economic case for three South.....
» 14/04/2008 11:59:38 AM A meeting of the left and leftist, I fear......
» 30/03/2008 6:41:39 PM Jon J, I would define "sins" as actions which, in a major way, harm the perpetra.....
» 28/03/2008 2:35:12 PM The pancasila (five factor moral code) is seen by many eastern religions as a necessary ba.....
» 26/03/2008 7:50:38 PM In passing, I visited St Peter's last year. It struck me as a monument to ego, power and e.....
» 25/03/2008 4:05:03 PM Some false assumptions, Peter. The states are still parochial and suspicious, and are driv.....
» 3/03/2008 7:59:46 PM Kieran, I know Garnaut, he's neither stupid nor a nasty piece of work - quite the contrary.....
» 3/03/2008 7:48:48 PM Webby, any inordinate fear arises from ignorance, from not understanding that the essence .....
» 3/03/2008 7:38:01 PM None of us has ever needed permission to think about the future. But the future is unknowa.....
» 1/03/2008 2:45:40 PM Keith A, you might be interested in my submission to the Inquiry into the Broadcasting Ser.....
» 1/03/2008 2:19:52 PM Bazz, I have seen charts and evidence that shows that most CO2 associated atmospheric warm.....
» 28/02/2008 10:06:31 AM Chris, climate change and variability is the natural condition of the Earth. The issues ar.....
» 25/02/2008 6:07:21 PM I think that a republic is a 95th-order issue, it will do nothing in itself to change, or .....
» 25/02/2008 5:56:27 PM I haven't gone through most of Garnaut's report yet, and I accept that it's an interim rep.....
» 12/02/2008 5:33:48 PM There were a couple of comments on stockmen's pay. As I understand it, up to 1967 aborigin.....
» 11/02/2008 6:18:52 PM Tom, I've been making similar points for 20 years, with little success. In response to an .....
» 11/02/2008 6:05:21 PM On the revolutionary theme, I knew (but didn't sympathise with) many International Sociali.....
» 11/02/2008 5:49:04 PM The term "stolen generation" is not generally being applied to the period 1865-1.....
» 11/02/2008 4:54:59 PM "The overarching aim of a national apology is to set the nation on a path of healing......
» 14/01/2008 3:52:28 PM Porphyrin, you said re SE Queensland population growth that "This is mainly because t.....
» 31/12/2007 12:06:51 PM “Does the web engender stupidity with over/misuse?” asks Liam. Well, Ho Hum says that “I s.....
» 31/12/2007 11:53:35 AM York illustrates why claims of a scientific "consensus" have no value......
» 24/12/2007 1:05:55 PM "If the ALP is seriously committed to counteracting inequality of bargaining power fo.....
» 24/12/2007 12:30:47 PM Scott, in line with your concluding comments, I think that Queenslanders get the governmen.....
» 24/12/2007 12:16:35 PM Taj Din al-Hilali was fair game, no problems with how your students reacted to him, that's.....
» 24/12/2007 12:06:38 PM Jennifer, there were unfortunately a number of areas in which the Howard government failed.....
» 22/12/2007 9:06:42 PM I was taught by some great thinkers at LSE. Perhaps this less-learned professor seeks to d.....
» 22/12/2007 8:44:44 PM wizofaus, I asked National Forum to forward to you by e-mail a paper I wrote last year. I .....
» 21/12/2007 5:18:52 PM The evidence is that socialism doesn’t deliver, free markets and free trade do – higher li.....
» 21/12/2007 9:06:01 AM A J Philips wrote "Balance is what's needed. Dreaming of a socialist utopia is no mor.....
» 20/12/2007 5:15:30 PM Disclosure: I've worked with Rudd (who's also my MP), attended a semi-private economics se.....
» 17/12/2007 8:19:01 PM Ian, you say, correctly, that “It would help to be aware that everything which happens in .....
» 17/12/2007 12:19:39 PM A fair and balanced presentation in my view. Contrary to one comment, signing Kyoto has no.....
» 13/12/2007 11:29:30 AM Q&A, I recalled it was Sir Frederick Houghton, didn't think it was worth a post. Alzheimer.....
» 10/12/2007 12:08:55 PM Well said, Dave and Col. The IPCC has three elements, only one of which is dedicated to as.....
» 22/11/2007 9:15:57 PM Well said. As I wrote in The Australian some time ago, if the answer is ethanol, we're ask.....
» 22/11/2007 6:54:23 PM I think that the possession by nuclear weapons by a few major countries was a force for pe.....
» 22/11/2007 6:30:01 PM Oops, first para should read "Remco, I think that most investment decisions are made .....
» 22/11/2007 6:27:00 PM Remco, I think that most investment decisions are made on the basis of having a “competiti.....
» 21/11/2007 4:50:30 PM Even using their inappropriate assumptions and techniques, it was clear that the two large.....
» 21/11/2007 4:49:53 PM Wizo/faus/tino – are we half-brothers?  You asked about the driving force behind g.....
» 20/11/2007 3:58:08 PM A major user of magnesium metal is the motor vehicle parts industry, and DSD’s preferred c.....
» 20/11/2007 3:56:09 PM Describing minerals processing operations as “value-adding” industries is misleading. All .....
» 20/11/2007 3:31:14 PM miacat, you say that "Rudd will help to build on 'grassroot' community". This ca.....
» 15/11/2007 2:09:53 PM (continued) In these model versus data comparisons, the group find gross inconsistencies –.....
» 15/11/2007 2:08:37 PM You contend that “The key economic and moral issue of today is climate change.” The climat.....
» 12/11/2007 9:54:03 AM The implication to me of the article in The Canadian (link in post 2 above) is that if the.....
» 11/11/2007 7:53:04 PM Wizofaus, in the late 80s economists in the field were generally advocating the retention .....
» 9/11/2007 5:20:11 PM Coming in late ... Rhian correctly identifies that the author is attacking something which.....
» 9/11/2007 4:59:53 PM Don't count the seconds - be aware of the moment. I bought DD for under $5 recently and w.....
» 5/11/2007 1:22:47 PM Bazz, you say “we need decades to adapt.” Of course, if we don’t have decades, then we wil.....
» 5/11/2007 1:01:59 PM Having joined the ranks of the infirm several years ago and of the over-65s recently, I fu.....
» 29/10/2007 1:08:11 PM Mirko, you see a conflict between a morally-based society and economic growth (“If Rudd ca.....
» 29/10/2007 12:32:27 PM Most research in this field has been done in the US, where many different early-interventi.....
» 29/10/2007 12:15:47 PM I'm not convinced by the analysis in "The Government tries to scare the electorate wi.....
» 1/09/2007 4:36:45 PM Sir Vivor, you saw no evidence that Nick had substantively addressed your concern about ri.....
» 1/09/2007 4:21:30 PM In general regulators are not innovators, and feel threatened by innovations which dilute .....
» 22/03/2007 11:04:31 AM "The shocking death then followed of 58-year-old South African Pakistani coach, Bob W.....
» 22/03/2007 10:50:57 AM I support the thrust of the article, but as I say in my post on Burke'n'Grill, the fundame.....
» 22/03/2007 10:39:09 AM I think that the fundamental issue is the moral standards and expectations of the Australi.....
» 16/03/2007 6:54:10 PM BBC Online today has the headline "Castro 'to be fit to hold power'". If true, h.....
» 11/03/2007 2:15:09 PM I remain mystified as to why David Hicks's situation is seen as a major issue (thank you, .....
» 9/03/2007 7:43:55 PM My grandfather in the UK was a police constable. an uncle was a Chief Superintendent. I do.....
» 26/02/2007 9:53:24 PM Ludwig, you say that "most government agencies are under-resourced, some hopelessly s.....
» 19/02/2007 8:53:59 PM PS I meant to add that State and Federal governments have rarely adopted the most cost-eff.....
» 19/02/2007 6:45:22 PM Ybgirp,whatever we decide or do about AGW needs to be based on evidence and understanding......
» 18/02/2007 7:45:25 PM Paul, returning from a trip, I notice your comment "I think Faustino has hit the nail.....
» 18/02/2007 7:26:13 PM A friend of mine worked on Tuvalu in the 80s and married a Tuvuluan, whose family then joi.....
» 18/02/2007 7:02:39 PM Mark, a sensible article. Ev - apparently from Canada - I was recently in touch with a BC.....
» 18/02/2007 6:48:51 PM Andrew, you say that “In the late 1990s and early 2000s, it appeared inevitable that Austr.....
» 13/02/2007 4:33:34 PM A commonsense approach by Professor Scott which is unfortunately not very common, in parti.....
» 13/02/2007 3:41:58 PM Paul, I hope that Murray Hogarth reads your article (and my comment on his). I have seen .....
» 13/02/2007 3:35:22 PM Murray says that "the Fourth Assessment Report of the United Nations’ Intergovernment.....
» 10/02/2007 8:54:47 PM What will the weather be like in a month's time? Not sure. What will the global climate be.....
» 9/02/2007 4:30:38 AM (continued) Arguments for the hypothesis rely on computer simulations, which can never be .....
» 9/02/2007 4:28:25 AM There has been a lot made of an alleged scientific “consensus” on AGW. But consensus is no.....
» 2/02/2007 8:38:40 PM Rainier, thanks for that info, it will help me and others to better understand the situati.....
» 2/02/2007 7:14:13 PM Henderson, a very highly respected economist, was one of the authoritative groups of econo.....
» 2/02/2007 8:29:11 AM David B, the moral basis I derived from my Christian mother has served me well, and is ess.....
» 1/02/2007 10:26:14 PM I looked at several Queensland Cabinet submissions years ago (initially around the mid-199.....
» 1/02/2007 10:10:53 PM Onemack (Truck?), I'm floored by that, landed on my fundament, hopefully not fatefully or .....
» 1/02/2007 7:22:15 PM Julian, if world population now is about 6.5 billion and (with rapid growth in recent deca.....
» 1/02/2007 6:59:49 PM Re the global warming aspects of this topic, authoritative groups of scientists and econom.....
» 29/01/2007 4:13:01 AM So what is “sustainable development”? In terms of economic growth, the issue of sustainabi.....
» 25/01/2007 11:03:10 AM I think about Christmas shopping about 22/12, and enjoy "Easter buns" in January.....
» 23/01/2007 10:02:36 PM I can't comprehend child abuse, and I've never had any interest in pornography; so-called .....
» 23/01/2007 9:45:20 PM The so-called unconscious is in fact always conscious, a trivial example being that when t.....
» 19/01/2007 10:17:02 AM TRTL, my post on yesterday's article "Promoting innovation in education" relates.....
» 18/01/2007 9:29:10 PM Billie, you say that "The setting up of all these microbusinesses will lead to loss o.....
» 18/01/2007 4:23:14 PM I'm in the Col Rouge camp here. As a manager, my attitude was that staff were people first.....
» 18/01/2007 10:20:58 AM Dr Voicu’s approach is IMHO far too institutional and academic, and fails to appreciate th.....
» 16/01/2007 2:07:49 PM Very interesting. Buffy was a great hit with all ages – pre-teens to late 50s when it bega.....
» 16/01/2007 1:43:02 PM Reynard, I thought that Leak might have chosen that other round-headed kid with a dog, Cha.....
» 16/01/2007 9:22:11 AM As regards "communicating with the public", Rudd's campaign literature in the la.....
» 16/01/2007 9:09:07 AM Fred Argy bagged Scott’s article in a letter to The Australian, claiming that Kevin Rudd, .....
» 27/12/2006 3:01:47 PM Nick says “we might pay some attention to a huge labour market failure - namely this - you.....
» 4/12/2006 9:55:39 PM Tim wrote "First, most focus has been on manufacturing imports not exports. But peopl.....
» 4/12/2006 7:59:52 PM Tom, a breath of fresh, cooling air in the overheated accelerated global warming debate. T.....
» 4/12/2006 7:50:03 PM West, just an aside. Descartes, observing thought, falsely concluded "I think therefo.....
» 15/11/2006 11:10:37 AM I recall some Irish research which found that boys did better in co-ed schools, girls in s.....
» 14/11/2006 11:06:57 AM All fair enough, but I have learned in life that there may come a point in seeking to conf.....
» 12/11/2006 10:14:22 PM Logic, I’m an economist. The statistical basis for economics and science is basically the .....
» 9/11/2006 1:49:58 PM Gecko, I confess. I went down a deep coal mine in NE England around 1958, crawled through .....
» 8/11/2006 5:55:08 PM The scientific case for accelerated global warming, which Stern took as given. is not cut .....
» 23/10/2006 3:32:09 PM A further point is that the very young mind has a great capacity to absorb languages, but .....
» 23/10/2006 3:31:20 PM Mercurius, lucid and convincing as always. Anything which weakens the parochialism of our .....
» 12/10/2006 10:35:29 AM Well said, Sylvia. We have freedom of movement in Australia, and freedom of choice as to w.....
» 11/10/2006 6:52:26 PM Coming in late ... I submitted to the current Senate inquiry that the underlying basis for.....
» 30/09/2006 9:09:32 PM Ludwig, I think that compulsory voting is not democratic, I can see no justification for i.....
» 29/09/2006 9:08:55 PM I do not believe that there is such a thing as a “fundamental human right”. Rights are a s.....
» 29/09/2006 8:45:21 PM Ken, you note correctly that “In short, the Queensland Act creates legal and economic nons.....
» 11/09/2006 12:25:42 PM Petpal, I've often thought that Queensland needs more Americans. By and large, Americans a.....
» 11/09/2006 12:18:04 PM Merv, I agree with your description of Paul Kelly's analysis of the war on terror (Weekend.....
» 10/09/2006 1:25:45 PM I never met Steve Irwin, but my daughter is taught at UQ by scientists who worked with him.....
» 31/08/2006 5:38:06 PM Macfarlane often appears ignorant. In any economic reform, the benefits tend to be spread .....
» 31/08/2006 5:24:02 PM Liz, I'm currently reading A S Byatt's "Still LIfe", such a joy to find such won.....
» 31/08/2006 5:08:55 PM Davidoff and Leigh suggest that parents in Canberra will pay an extra $13,000 for a house .....
» 25/08/2006 10:45:07 AM "Only when all its members - especially in the Security Council - possess equal power.....
» 25/08/2006 10:39:50 AM George, I've never seen a convincing case made for a Bill of Rights, but I have seen convi.....
» 25/08/2006 10:32:58 AM Mercurius ... from Ashfield? :-).....
» 24/08/2006 9:34:15 PM Nick, a major policy failing is that for short-sighted political reasons governments have .....
» 24/08/2006 9:25:07 PM Pericles, Sells is alas a sophist who can weasel out of anything. Mercurius, you go to th.....
» 15/08/2006 2:22:45 PM I'm not a neo-con and I haven't vetted NGO Watch, but it does seem to me that NGOs often a.....
» 15/08/2006 2:11:01 PM "Fair Trade" coffee is yet another example of people who may be well-intentioned.....
» 14/08/2006 6:13:42 PM fdixit wrote "greed and anger are the cause of the world's ills." More fundament.....
» 14/08/2006 2:05:40 PM There are nuclear weapons in the world. The first two were used in anger 61 years ago, non.....
» 14/08/2006 1:43:44 PM Katharina, it is true that one’s volition is critical, that good can come only from action.....
» 14/08/2006 1:16:25 PM Dr Liffman focuses on the large amounts that have or may be given. The essence of giving h.....
» 11/08/2006 4:06:19 PM I found it easy to be celibate in India in the early-mid ‘70s, hard not to be sexually pro.....
» 9/08/2006 9:24:07 PM Policy choices almost always involve a series of alternatives and trade-offs with other po.....
» 9/08/2006 6:07:55 PM I was about to sign up for a "Faustino bargain", but ........
» 2/08/2006 12:23:20 PM You assert that "the republican debate is in fact now over." Given that I've nev.....
» 26/07/2006 3:48:06 PM Dr Bakhtiari's analysis and projections are very alarming; but they are, as he points out,.....
» 25/07/2006 5:22:13 PM There are always choices, many trivial, some with far-reaching consequences. Our state of .....
» 25/07/2006 5:10:18 PM "In 1960 the income gap between the fifth of the world’s people living in the richest.....
» 25/07/2006 4:38:25 PM Whimsy? Satire? Meaningless drivel?.....
» 24/07/2006 5:24:07 PM So, Judy, you must be delighted that John Howard has already engaged the leaders of the mo.....
» 24/07/2006 5:08:34 PM A long time ago the Australian Govt offered a very generous 10-90 royalty split. The delay.....
» 23/07/2006 6:28:00 PM The crucial points - 1. Israel will continue to exist. 2. The outcome of 50-odd years of.....
» 23/07/2006 6:07:57 PM Glenwriter, as an economist I'm appalled at your comment that "Christian Seibert is a.....
» 23/07/2006 5:55:07 PM Celivia, if by a "government-appointed person" you mean a state government burea.....
» 20/07/2006 12:29:00 PM Very entertaining. Two brief comments. Scout, my washing machine is 22 years old, my 1973 .....
» 20/07/2006 10:38:07 AM Well, you didn't bag The Australian, which is perhaps less Murdoch-dominated than you thin.....
» 19/07/2006 8:45:09 AM The basis of the IPCC’s claims on global warming is work by Dr Michael Mann, a paleoclimat.....
» 18/07/2006 5:12:21 PM It's good to know that there have been sane and harmonious responses to such an insane act.....
» 18/07/2006 5:01:54 PM “First, it makes sense because AWAs simply have little or no impact on productivity. You d.....
» 17/07/2006 5:14:55 PM Good heavens, I think we are unanimous on this issue!.....
» 16/07/2006 9:28:15 PM A very informative and moving article from someone in a very dangerous situation......
» 16/07/2006 9:15:47 PM w, thanks for the blog ref. Michael Oakeshott, quoted in the blog, was one of my teachers .....
» 14/07/2006 10:48:40 AM “Numerous species of plants and animals have moved towards the poles, or to higher altitud.....
» 10/07/2006 7:33:27 PM Shonga, ME is the UK term – myalgic encephalitis – equivalent to chronic fatigue syndrome .....
» 10/07/2006 7:00:34 PM Long before Seneca, the Indians had panca sila – the five moral bases necessary to calm th.....
» 10/07/2006 2:45:22 PM Thanks for those kind words, Romany. My sister on Tyneside diagnosed ME five years ago. I’.....
» 9/07/2006 2:37:03 PM "... at the federal level, the conservatives do well and Labor poorly, while in state.....
» 9/07/2006 2:26:12 PM First define your terms … I’ve been called an idealist, not because I think of the world a.....
» 9/07/2006 7:34:40 AM PS the paid work followed work which I agreed to do free as (a) I thought it was in the pu.....
» 9/07/2006 7:29:20 AM Shonga, I think the overall aim is high real wages. But Australia's minimum wage is a very.....
» 7/07/2006 8:01:14 PM Corin, I know much of the work (and most of the economists) you refer to, and I think you .....
» 5/07/2006 8:54:35 AM Very choice - I'll buy it......
» 5/07/2006 8:47:01 AM Football 5 UN 0. No penalty shoot-out needed. (And what a great finish from Italy this mor.....
» 26/06/2006 12:12:20 PM Re the structure of Telstra, most economists argued the case at the start of the debate in.....
» 26/06/2006 12:00:36 PM A few points on “market failure.” Markets are very efficient devices for providing and pro.....
» 20/06/2006 6:16:44 PM Woop, incentives are almost always discriminatory and based on a flawed “picking winners” .....
» 19/06/2006 3:51:41 PM "Estimates of the likely numbers of environmental refugees in the Asia-Pacific region.....
» 19/06/2006 3:43:14 PM How do "the advantages of having corporate head offices based in Queensland" and.....
» 13/06/2006 1:50:22 PM Priscillian, Peter is just shifting ground as his earlier positions proved untenable. Now .....
» 10/06/2006 7:33:49 PM Sharon, the development of corporations and globalisation have led to unprecedented increa.....
» 10/06/2006 7:09:51 PM PK, Burma was perhaps the wealthiest south/south-east Asian economy prior to the 1962 coup.....
» 31/05/2006 4:13:04 AM The "modern world" has led to vast growth in human knowledge, understanding and .....
» 29/05/2006 2:03:22 PM It is clear from economic growth theory and extensive empirical evidence that policies whi.....
» 29/05/2006 1:36:14 PM My prison experience is confined to one night on remand. However, it seems to me that almo.....
» 29/05/2006 1:07:42 PM Graham, you chose your father well. My mother was born a few months before him, died last .....
» 18/05/2006 11:12:16 AM "whether Labor wins or not"? I think you can safely assume a loss in 2007, so th.....
» 18/05/2006 10:59:55 AM Andrew, you note that “Australia is likely to do better from a competitive system of fundi.....
» 18/05/2006 10:42:50 AM Dr Barlow, re your point that “the shifting nature of innovation suggests that we should s.....
» 16/05/2006 11:52:55 AM Phil, a few comments on Queensland planning. Brisbane City Council recently undertook a la.....
» 15/05/2006 10:32:01 PM Sells, you seek debate, but so often fail to hear what is said to you. I agree that “cultu.....
» 15/05/2006 1:42:22 PM Why do I volunteer? A meditation teacher/psychologist/counsellor I know calls me a natural.....
» 1/05/2006 2:29:51 PM So great literature is reduced to this - a tool to teach communications skills? "The .....
» 20/04/2006 4:02:44 PM Scott & Nick, you say that "The problems of establishing a new upper house are not .......
» 19/04/2006 4:23:15 PM Future, Cay, the main issue with irrigation water is that it is grossly under-priced, enco.....
» 19/04/2006 10:11:25 AM Irfan, you don't define the term "saint" but suggest that they are thick on the .....
» 19/04/2006 9:58:44 AM In terms of the costs of diverting water from Queensland irrigation to feed those NSW wetl.....
» 19/04/2006 9:57:01 AM (cont) [this is the rest of my 9.14 pm Tuesday post – over the word and post limits] Goenk.....
» 18/04/2006 9:14:39 PM Sells, you try to see everything through your particular Christian prism. I’m asking you t.....
» 18/04/2006 9:35:38 AM Sells, you might getter a better feel by substituting "non-attachment" - not get.....
» 16/04/2006 6:35:28 PM This is not “insulating” oneself, making a cocoon, it’s developing wisdom through understa.....
» 16/04/2006 6:34:46 PM Sells, in one post, you wrote that “It is obvious that a culture that places so much empha.....
» 14/04/2006 9:26:24 PM Jane, when I first went to Istanbul 40 years ago, it was very much impoverished Asia rathe.....
» 14/04/2006 9:08:43 PM Sells, you are talking about things beyond your experience when you claim that "The c.....
» 14/04/2006 8:50:55 PM Donna, very nice, thanks......
» 14/04/2006 8:44:20 PM Well, it may be like that in Jane's neighbourhood, but that's not the kind of parenting in.....
» 12/04/2006 4:20:15 PM I was recently asked to comment on a forthcoming (4 May) paper on this topic by J R Nether.....
» 10/04/2006 7:05:10 PM Me too, yet another flaw in my social conditioning! (Sigh.).....
» 10/04/2006 1:02:21 PM Call me old-fashioned, but I can't understand why anyone would engage in the practices out.....
» 5/04/2006 6:24:36 PM I approached this article with interest - my kids are 18-24 and I know many of their peers.....
» 5/04/2006 3:22:23 PM Putting aside your cultural protectionism, I can't see this campaign appealing to my overs.....
» 5/04/2006 3:03:37 PM Too tired at the moment to read the comments and debate seriously, I'll just say that fort.....
» 5/04/2006 2:29:10 PM Corin, you wrote that "but it is the spirit of Labor reforms in the 1980's that provi.....
» 5/04/2006 2:19:51 PM I'm no ostrich, I've never seen a convincing argument for a Bill of Rights, but I've seen .....
» 3/04/2006 11:22:28 AM Your very positive comments on Kirby highlight some of the problems in making appointments.....
» 3/04/2006 10:55:28 AM Paul Keating walked away from an emphasis on good economic policy when the recession-he-br.....
» 31/03/2006 2:29:52 AM Julie, your brief bio says "Julie Novak is a Brisbane-based economist." Must be .....
» 27/03/2006 10:51:48 AM This is one case where all the good guys should be on the side of the US. The so-called re.....
» 17/03/2006 9:56:03 PM Nick, Joe K - agreed. Anyone who wishes to have a republic needs to show how the populatio.....
» 16/03/2006 7:30:06 PM Alchemist, well put on child rearing. Studies by child psychologists show that children ar.....
» 16/03/2006 5:32:53 PM Coach, a major tax-break is that some donations by individuals to charities are tax-deduct.....
» 16/03/2006 5:22:29 PM Granted that the ALP has blocked changes to media policy since 1996, the main problem with.....
» 13/03/2006 2:08:29 PM Too much to deal with there! But using the introspection technique taught by Buddha, you f.....
» 13/03/2006 2:08:03 PM Boaz, re your Monday morning post, you are in effect saying that to change the world, we m.....
» 13/03/2006 1:19:33 PM Pegasus, Ludwig, I am afraid there will be no meeting of minds on this issue! But I’m not .....
» 12/03/2006 10:40:40 AM dobbadan, whatever Buddhism is, there is no philosophy in the teaching of the Buddha. Base.....
» 12/03/2006 9:17:25 AM Ludwig, I disagree with your observation that “that those who drive fast correlate very cl.....
» 11/03/2006 5:35:14 PM Boaz, you wrote that "Thailand, spiritually dead for years and years, closed minds, d.....
» 11/03/2006 3:19:21 PM Pegasus, Hamlet, I was supporting the argument that ”road safety is ensured by having capa.....
» 10/03/2006 3:56:44 PM Donnie, you wrote that it "Seems to me it would be a sin not to at least try and help.....
» 10/03/2006 3:42:39 PM On the general point, I found Australia amazingly over-regulated when I came here from the.....
» 8/03/2006 3:20:38 PM You make a good case for Hamlet being manic-depressive - I recognise all the elements from.....
» 8/03/2006 3:04:31 PM Peter, your article is the best exposition of the case for tax reform that I've seen. I'm .....
» 8/03/2006 2:50:55 PM Bull, the cost of finance depends on the attached risk. Government borrowing costs are fai.....
» 8/03/2006 2:42:54 PM In my experience problems with PPPs include government being more interested in the “annou.....
» 6/03/2006 2:08:32 PM Perseus, you wrote that "this would be fine if the city state that runs Queensland is.....
» 28/02/2006 10:52:59 AM Aziliz, there are certainly people with mental illness who would not cope with a Vipassana.....
» 28/02/2006 7:48:01 AM maelorin, when I employed graduates/near-graduates, I chose them on their talent, they rec.....
» 27/02/2006 3:51:28 PM Shonga, lots of policies interact with each other, in Queensland I've seen many which pull.....
» 27/02/2006 10:43:40 AM Ashford, you wrote of the prevalence of mental illness in prisoners. Essentially, prisoner.....
» 27/02/2006 10:16:38 AM I have been spruiking the work of Heckman and related US research in Queensland for severa.....
» 27/02/2006 10:03:54 AM After a senior Fairfax exec attacked Ted Lapkin for taking exception to Leunig's cartoon, .....
» 26/02/2006 7:18:43 PM While I don't have the credentials on this issue of the author and previous posters, it ha.....
» 25/02/2006 4:09:40 PM I've just read estimates that atmospheric carbon dioxide contains about 730 Gigatonnes of .....
» 23/02/2006 3:45:55 PM Underlying principles for policy on government information and intellectual property: 1. .....
» 23/02/2006 3:44:04 PM Julian, 5-6 years ago I wrote a paper on the economics of information and intellectual pro.....
» 22/02/2006 2:07:33 PM As a former ALP supporter, I despaired of Beattie almost from election night 1998 ("J.....
» 22/02/2006 1:55:13 PM I'm not sure what "economic, social and cultural rights" are, and as "right.....
» 21/02/2006 3:57:36 PM Paul, it may be true that "about 70 per cent of new jobs are created by small and med.....
» 21/02/2006 3:45:52 PM Scott, good to see you have escaped the clutches of the QPS. As for "the usually hype.....
» 21/02/2006 3:24:05 AM At second glance, the old long-list layout suited my approach to the site much more. It mu.....
» 21/02/2006 3:14:17 AM At first glance, would agree with many posters that it would be good to have the old all-t.....
» 17/02/2006 6:48:04 PM Relating this to Nick Gruen's article on "churning", one of the worst aspects of.....
» 17/02/2006 6:31:26 PM The critical thing is that the AWB was aiding and abetting an enemy, a country with which .....
» 1/02/2006 4:37:13 PM I think that's a well-balanced article. Professor Melleuish refers, quoting Howard, to &qu.....
» 30/01/2006 5:17:50 PM Fred refers in his post to more interventionist policies on "training, education, act.....
» 30/01/2006 11:25:17 AM Dear readers ... on this topic, I recommend Geoffrey Melleuish's well-balanced article in .....
» 28/01/2006 6:39:21 PM Alchemist, Fred isn't a life-time academic, but a former Commonwealth department head invo.....
» 27/01/2006 5:17:46 PM Craig, my trip to Burma was a vital circuit-breaker. But there are many Vipassana courses .....
» 27/01/2006 1:24:40 PM Fred, you rightly say that increased productivity is not the only goal of society and ask .....
» 26/01/2006 7:23:12 PM Tubley, Col - I don't go for abuse myself, but I found T's list of Col's Top Ten very ente.....
» 26/01/2006 5:48:14 PM Verdant, Coraliz, one man's subsidy is another man's tax burden. Even worse - subsidies us.....
» 26/01/2006 5:10:35 PM (part 2) So, yes, we are ultimately responsible for our mental reactions, but few who suff.....
» 26/01/2006 5:10:02 PM Craig, I understood intellectually for a long time that my (then) extreme depression was d.....
» 24/01/2006 9:50:40 PM Shonga, re suing employers, my work-related depression came on top of (and prevented my re.....
» 24/01/2006 10:48:13 AM It's interesting how many regular posters on OLO have mental health problems. In a press r.....
» 24/01/2006 10:16:37 AM In 1991 Wayne Goss helped to set in motion the process that led to the Hilmer Comittee and.....
» 23/01/2006 2:33:52 PM Richard, you say that "Government is lagging far behind both scientific evidence and .....
» 23/01/2006 2:15:12 PM Andrew, the main costs of agricultural support and trade barriers are borne by the citizen.....
» 22/01/2006 8:03:27 PM DavidB, Col’s analysis is supported by a wealth of evidence. Two specific British examples.....
» 22/01/2006 1:46:58 PM I think Nick Gruen's balance was about right; he must be the archetypical "on the one.....
» 22/01/2006 1:31:07 PM Scout, after connecting on Baldur’s Gate, depression, viral illnesses and suffering at the.....
» 19/01/2006 1:43:57 PM Coyote, my reference to “small remote communities” was making a general point, not describ.....
» 19/01/2006 1:24:20 PM Greg, in 1985 I assisted the Ministerial Committee on Longer-term Economic Growth, chaired.....
» 19/01/2006 12:48:27 PM The issues are in part whether it is better for Australia to focus on basic research, free.....
» 19/01/2006 12:23:05 PM James, as you say, "the current level of service provided is above the market equilib.....
» 19/01/2006 12:12:08 PM Nicholas, speaking from experience of severe/extreme depresssion in myself and others, you.....
» 16/01/2006 6:32:11 PM Sebastian, a couple of comments. First, no one "has been here for over 40,000 years;&.....
» 16/01/2006 6:13:35 PM Scout, you wrote: "go for the lies by all means Graham." This prompts me to misq.....
» 16/01/2006 4:48:48 PM Human beings are human beings, the similarities outweigh the differences. On an individual.....
» 16/01/2006 4:33:28 PM My gut feeling is that human life is human life, irrespective, and I support Dr Gend's con.....
» 7/12/2005 10:13:00 PM For information, here are the "Nolan Rules" proposed by a UK committee. The Sev.....
» 7/12/2005 10:00:00 PM Saul, I think that anyone who studies the evidence would have to agree with the great meri.....
» 6/12/2005 12:20:43 PM I agree that "This centrally managed (though arbitrary) approach is unlikely to work .....
» 5/12/2005 11:36:02 AM Martin, check the facts before you rant. You begin by saying that "The Howard Governm.....
» 5/12/2005 11:24:01 AM Glenn, with three kids aged 18-(almost)24, one left home, one about to leave home,I think .....
» 4/12/2005 7:02:42 PM bushbred, I've just seen your posts, will give them some thought and reply later. Shonga, .....
» 4/12/2005 6:47:27 PM Zealot, I studied economics but was a journalist for a while (UK newspapers, Canadian comm.....
» 4/12/2005 12:01:37 PM Pseudonymity ... my main reason for using a pseudonym on this site is that I have been ser.....
» 3/12/2005 8:02:53 PM Sten/RK, sounds promising. But the thread has drifted to population control and religion, .....
» 2/12/2005 9:28:17 PM Part of the problem in Queensland is that Government and Treasury have a narrow revenue, r.....
» 2/12/2005 8:28:39 PM Senator, as Kevin and Sniggid pointed out, the Hawke reforms benefitted from Coalition sup.....
» 2/12/2005 8:07:08 PM Shonga, I've heard similar tales from staff at UQ, QUT & Griffith - I think it's widesprea.....
» 2/12/2005 4:22:01 PM Philip, it seems obvious that, as you suggest, a system based on patient needs is required.....
» 2/12/2005 3:59:58 PM Peter, your comments echo those from university teaching friends over several years, as to.....
» 19/11/2005 12:26:49 PM Adam Smith wrote in the 18thC that it is “in the progressive state, while the society is a.....
» 18/11/2005 2:52:47 PM (Part 2) It has been demonstrated over centuries all around the world that competition is .....
» 18/11/2005 2:31:54 PM Good grief, where to begin? You say that "With the removal of the no-disadvantage tes.....
» 18/11/2005 2:08:08 PM Ka(a)y, we lead a simple life with no expensive habits; I walk by the river every day, and.....
» 17/11/2005 9:36:46 PM At one level, there are many valid comments in the article; but I have two issues with it......
» 17/11/2005 9:18:12 PM Crisis over. The Economist online reports that from next year an international forum will .....
» 16/11/2005 1:37:00 PM Oops, eyejaw, not Lyall, I'd cross-referenced a note. Go to the back of the class, Faustin.....
» 16/11/2005 1:35:36 PM I'm revisiting James Heckman’s excellent 1999 paper, Policies to foster human capital (NBE.....
» 16/11/2005 1:13:31 PM Tim wrote "The other critical concern is what will happen to the more than a million .....
» 16/11/2005 12:45:50 PM There was some discussion on this site recently about the timing of the oil peak. Of cours.....
» 14/11/2005 2:46:07 PM Jose, the historical evidence is that Jesus epitomised those qualities of wisdom, love and.....
» 12/11/2005 7:58:49 PM At the end of each Oor Ernie adventure in the Knockout comic, his phlegmatic North of Engl.....
» 11/11/2005 8:25:57 PM Briefly, I'd disagree that the economy is more fragile, it's much more flexible and able t.....
» 11/11/2005 8:12:54 PM I agree with Pericles' first post. Home PCs and internet access are widespread, my childre.....
» 11/11/2005 8:01:05 PM sorry, "selflessness", not "selfishness".....
» 11/11/2005 8:00:06 PM Regarding faith ... There seem to me to be two kinds of faith. The first is blind faith, b.....
» 11/11/2005 7:22:27 PM Our standards of living depend on trade - exporting those goods and services we produce co.....
» 7/11/2005 2:46:59 PM I've been trying to find some info on the "oil peak". One extreme seems to be pu.....
» 7/11/2005 1:03:02 PM Of course at some point oil production will peak then decline, and that point may be in th.....
» 4/11/2005 5:47:37 PM Tiziana, you say that "much of world poverty is not just the result of richer countri.....
» 4/11/2005 3:14:52 PM Well said, Jennifer. The major problem is that so many apparently well-educated and hopefu.....
» 3/11/2005 7:36:38 PM PS: I grew up in a poor fatherless family in a poor working-class district. I don't carry .....
» 3/11/2005 7:33:32 PM Surely this cannot be the same Paul Keating that I had several long meetings with from 198.....
» 31/10/2005 4:54:36 PM "open standards are an “overriding imperative” of democracy itself". Good grief,.....
» 28/10/2005 5:46:51 PM I'm a rational economist and have done 30 years of voluntary spiritual work. There's no co.....
» 25/10/2005 8:13:32 PM Alan, you note that "Market forces will always unravel consumer exploitative monopoli.....
» 20/10/2005 9:33:08 PM Big Fish, in my experience the language element is secondary to the extreme propensity by .....
» 20/10/2005 12:44:25 PM Sadly, the Mynamar military government is probably beyond persuasion. Neither a move towar.....
» 20/10/2005 12:27:28 PM A few tales from the Deep North. As part of the Mutual Recognition process, occupations re.....
» 18/10/2005 3:16:50 PM DB, Timkins - you might be interested in my resposne to Nick Gruen's article "How are.....
» 17/10/2005 5:02:37 PM Timkins, MD - the root causes of my depression certainly go back to my response to a (non-.....
» 17/10/2005 12:00:18 PM I was close to suicide at age 23 and age 28-29. However, I didn't share my feelings with a.....
» 17/10/2005 7:19:02 AM DB, I appreciate that while you find some of my points uncomfortable, you pursue mutual un.....
» 16/10/2005 7:50:08 AM Much of economics is about optimisation, using limited resources to best effect to attain .....
» 16/10/2005 7:17:28 AM The body and mind are very closely interrelated. It’s easier to observe the sensations ari.....
» 16/10/2005 7:16:44 AM Dear David Boaz, most moral codes involve abstaining from actions which harm oneself and o.....
» 15/10/2005 9:06:47 PM Kalweb, I'd be happy to post more often, as my energy permits - I'm sometimes restricted b.....
» 15/10/2005 6:55:08 AM (continued) The Buddha, of course, did not found a religion, although many religions have .....
» 15/10/2005 6:54:37 AM John, you write that "The materialist/scientific approach arose from experiencing the.....
» 12/10/2005 7:04:17 PM I'm responding only to the article, as I haven't read the comments. I found it a breath of.....
» 12/10/2005 6:47:03 PM You note that "Yet before he could have received any substantive analysis of the revi.....
» 26/09/2005 12:52:05 PM Paul, with friends like Jellyback, the poorer countries need all the help you can give the.....
» 26/09/2005 12:42:12 PM On Line Opinion bills this piece as "Humour and Satire". Would a Trade Descripti.....
» 20/09/2005 7:19:48 PM Elizabeth, the problem in my experience is that state governments (in particular) embrace .....
» 19/09/2005 6:40:05 PM John, I appreciate your article. Few if any of the previous commentators understand that t.....
» 19/09/2005 6:19:11 PM The authors write that our dream "should be, to help forge a better nation; for the b.....
» 13/09/2005 2:10:49 PM David Boaz - (1) name-dropping - point taken! I do need to be taken down a bit sometimes, .....
» 11/09/2005 4:39:00 PM Peter, I've just seen your reply to my post on your previous column, in which you thank me.....
» 11/09/2005 4:07:20 PM Peter wrote "He is a God of the gaps, a being we posit to fill a lack in our understa.....
» 7/09/2005 9:30:24 PM Fred, it seems clear that people born into dysfunctional families have fewer opportunities.....
» 7/09/2005 9:20:50 PM Bill, well said. Rainier, you wrote "I’m sure many professing to protect freedom of .....
» 5/09/2005 8:56:08 PM (exceeded word limit - here's the rest) I was near suicide once before using drugs, once .....
» 5/09/2005 8:55:09 PM I first smoked cannabis in Turkey in 1967, last smoked it in Hollywood in 1978, smoked reg.....
» 20/08/2005 7:37:48 AM I’m probably the only one on this site who’s been on stage with John and Yoko (Albert Hall.....
» 17/08/2005 9:39:21 PM Christian, you wrote "perhaps there is scope for diverting some of this expenditure t.....
» 17/08/2005 9:33:42 PM Timkins, you wrote "No shop can run at a loss forever, and Australia cannot run at a .....
» 17/08/2005 9:22:24 PM Numbat, I'm sure that Dennis agrees with you. He's not in any way pro-Howard - his point i.....
» 16/08/2005 5:38:02 PM Before I became an accidental immigrant in 1979, I had been a long-term supporter of the U.....
» 16/08/2005 5:02:00 PM Pericles, government-owned enterprises operated the way they did BECAUSE they were governm.....
» 15/08/2005 7:20:56 PM Ater this article appeared in The Australian, they also printed my response: > James Mc.....
» 15/08/2005 7:12:13 PM Mike, there's extensive overseas evidence to support the thrust of your article. (Unfortun.....
» 15/08/2005 6:45:25 PM Just a quickie. Alchemist wrote - "State owned assets and infrastucture operated in .....
» 11/07/2005 4:11:50 PM (continuation - I'd exceeded the word limit) In addition, lower income earners now receive.....
» 11/07/2005 4:10:43 PM What is more important – equality or actual living standards? And equal with whom? One of .....
» 11/06/2005 8:09:27 AM Neohuman, the academies are quoted as saying that "most recent warming is likely to h.....
» 6/06/2005 3:42:38 PM Well said, Jennifer. In the Queensland (so-called) Public Service from 1991-2002 I sought.....
» 26/03/2005 9:06:38 PM For many years I've had Burmese teachers and friends and have followed the situation in Bu.....
» 7/03/2005 3:49:01 PM Mark, for many years, including when I headed the economic policy branch of Queensland Tre.....

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