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 …


"Menzies: The Forgotten Speeches" Sydney Launch with Julian Leeser MP | Transcript & Video

Launch by Julian Leeser MP of Menzies: The Forgotten Speeches

International Convention Centre, Sydney

Friday, 23 June 2017


Transcript of Address by Julian Leeser MP, Federal Member for Berowra 

Tony Shepherd MRC Board Member
Peta Seaton MRC Board Member
Senator the Hon George Brandis QC
Tim Wilson MP
Felicity Wilson MP
Rick Wilson MP
The Hon Philip and Heather Ruddock, my distinguished predecessor as member for Berowra
The Hon Patricia Forsyth
My …


NDIS red tape and confusion — it’s the new normal

Nick Cater writes in The Australian

It is only a matter of time before they give it a name. NDIS frustration syndrome, perhaps.

The good news is that help is at hand. An online guide produced by an autism advocacy body in Victoria coaches applicants in the art of putting a compelling case for assistance to the bureaucrats who decide their fate.

“There is a lot of anxiety about getting on to the NDIS,” one parent told Leader Community News, “and I think if …


Black hole at the gravitational centre of politics

Nick Cater writes in The Australian

You have to hand it to the folk at The New York Times; they sure know how to misread an election.

It was the Times, you may recall, that published a grudging apology last year for its one-sided coverage of the presidential campaign when Donald Trump failed to keep to the script. And it was the Times that last Friday revelled in Theresa May’s “humiliating defeat” in a story headlined “Jeremy Corbyn …


We need to generate sanity in energy mix

Tony Shepherd and Nick Cater writes in The Australian

It is time to restore sanity to the energy market. Is our aim to meet bureaucratic emissions targets regardless of expense? Or is it to generate affordable, reliable and efficient electricity to power investment, growth and jobs?

The Finkel Review is a turning point in the energy debate. It presents the opportunity to correct a bad policy decision that has sapped billions of dollars out of the economy and will …

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