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Wise in hindsight

September 23, 2016 - 15:54 -- Admin

My article on the failure of for-profit competition in human services included a hook to the recently published Productivity Commission report recommending more of the same.

Brexit and bigotry (crosspost from CT)

September 23, 2016 - 10:41 -- Admin

Following my previous post, I’d like to add a bit more to the debate about Brexit and migration. On this issue, a common defence of the Leave campaign is that the central concern was about the need to cut the number of migrants to the UK so as to reduce competition for jobs. The plausibility of this defence has been undercut by recent negotiations, widely reported in the Australian press, but largely ignored by British media.

New Zealand’s zombie miracle

September 21, 2016 - 14:21 -- Admin

Twice in the last couple of days, I’ve bumped into the seemingly unkillable zombie idea that the New Zealand economy is doing well and ought to be a model for Australia. Checking Wikipedia to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, I found that, as of 2015, NZ income per person was 30-35 per cent below that in Australia, as it has been ever since the miraculous reforms of the 1980s and 1990s.


September 12, 2016 - 08:58 -- Admin

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.