The silly old buggers are voting in droves

Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

Cast your mind back to 1989 and the golden age of political incorrectness when a prime minister could call a pensioner a silly old bugger without being lectured by finger-waggers.

Bob Hawke’s encounter with a curmudgeonly 74-year-old hardly dented his election campaign. It was a sign that Hawke was human, a quality voters seem to like in a prime minister, funnily enough.

Today it would be declared a blunder and subjected to …


Guess who’s playing with workers’ savings

Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

The game is up. Labor’s call for a banking royal commission is a campaign of convenience that serves the interests of its chums in the industry superannuation funds. Forget the tosh about standing up for the workers. The party of John Curtin and Ben Chifley is currying favour from the big end of town, the privileged and opaque sector of the finance industry that sits on a half-trillion dollars of our savings.

Labor’s questionable …


Shorten planning to regulate his way to growth

Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

We should give thanks for small mercies. At least Bill Shorten still believes economic growth is a good thing, even if he harbours strange ideas about how to achieve it.

“Equality is a precondition to successful growth,” he told ABC’s Radio National, a safe space for such declaratory nonsense where such assertions can be made without fear of contradiction.

The causal link between “equality”, however defined, and “growth” …


All aboard the express to our sinkholes of stupidity

Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

We can quibble over details, but it would be fair to say the industrial-scale expansion of higher education has failed to deliver the promised cleverer country.

Higher education on demand — Julia Gillard’s doubtful legacy — undoubtedly has drummed up customers. Domestic enrolments at universities have increased by a quarter from 770,000 in 2008 to much more than a million last year.

Whether the experience delivers value for …


Straight-faced Shorten recites the ‘plausible truth’

Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

It’s a fact, says Bill Shorten. The government’s $7.6 billion cut to foreign aid will hurt the world’s most vulnerable people. The money could have delivered basic sanitation to 600,000 people, the Opposition Leader claims. It could have sent 180,000 kids to school, or provided modern healthcare for 300,000 mothers at risk.

It’s nonsense, of course. Every sensible observer knows that the first and sometimes only beneficiaries …


Tap onshore gas and give farming landowners some share of profits

Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

Daniel Andrews is scarcely credible in any role, not least as Victorian Premier in the lame production that’s been running on Spring Street for the past 31 months.

The farce took an unlikely twist in March when Andrews ­assumed the guise of the farmers’ friend. “The Labor government will always back our farmers and do what’s right to protect our world-class food and fibre heartland,” he said, with the …


Malcolm Turnbull and the broad church of the Liberal Party

Original article by Dr David Kemp in the Australian Financial Review:

It is hard to imagine an Australian prime minister delivering a better speech for today than the one Malcolm Turnbull delivered in London on receiving the Disraeli prize. It was a speech of which all Australian Liberals could be proud.

Reading the press about it, one could be forgiven for thinking that it was unwisely divisive, setting conservatives and progressives in the party …


Curing our country of whiteness

Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

How many preferential appointments will it take before the Commonwealth Public Service fulfils its quota of 129 Tamils, 115 Sudanese and 96 Armenians?

Are Romanians swarthy enough to be assigned a quota of their own, or will they be lumped with the whites, and find their applications languishing at the bottom of the pile?

The details of the Race Discrimination Commissioner’s solution to the “ethnic and cultural default” of …


The new class war pits boomers against millennials

Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

In case we had not noticed, the first results from last year’s census show a nation that is becoming lumpier as postcodes become separated by education, ethnicity and class. Underlying everything is the emergence of a generational sectarian divide pitching boomers against millennials in a contest of values and expectations.

From social reform to tax, retirement income and education, attitudes differ between the haves and the …


"Menzies: The Forgotten Speeches" Melbourne Launch with the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP | Transcript & Video

Launch by the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP of Menzies: The Forgotten Speeches

Parliament of Victoria 

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Transcript of Address by the Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP, Minister for the Environment and Energy


Well thanks very much Nick, and to correct the record, the real successor as you know was the “Colt from Kooyong”, Andrew Peacock, I just call myself the “draft horse from Kooyong” but I was very fortunate that both Andrew and …


Consideration and communication – the twin pillars of policy

Nick Cater writes in The Fair Go:

Good government stems from good policies, not clever campaigns.

The difference between the two is crucial to understanding why the fundamental principles upheld by the Liberal Party sit uneasily with the feel-good, hash-tag politics favoured by today’s progressive movement.

It underlines the importance of pursuing the art of policy making in a world increasingly moved by things that feel good, rather than things that actually do good.


Union pit bulls are eating their own jobs

Nick Cater writes in The Australian:

In February the Victorian branch of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union threatened to abandon its support for Daniel Andrews’s state Labor government because the Police Minister said something nice about a construction company.

Union boss John Setka reached for his favourite adjective, calling the government “a f..king disgrace”, all because Lisa ­Neville had praised Grocon for its help in cleaning up Wye River …


[PRESS RELEASE] Menzies Research Centre appointments strengthen focus on enterprise and growth

[PRESS RELEASE] Menzies Research Centre appointments strengthen focus on enterprise and growth

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Menzies Research Centre appointments strengthen focus on enterprise and growth

Tuesday 27 June, 2017

The Menzies Research Centre has appointed three new directors from the corporate sector to strengthen its strategic focus on enterprise and growth.

Kevin McCann AM, a former Chairman of Macquarie Bank and Origin Energy has been appointed Chairman.

The two other appointments to the MRC’s board are the Hon


“The Economic Challenges Facing Australia” Address by Tony Shepherd AO

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"The Economic Challenges Facing Australia"

Address by MRC Director Tony Shepherd AO 
Bond Business Leaders Forum, Bond University  
Monday 26 June, 2017


It’s a pleasure to be here, home of our most successful private university. Congratulations to VC Tim Brailsford, Professor Michael Raybould and my good friend Professor Terry O'Neill, Executive Dean of the Business School.

I was on the Gold Coast …

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