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Last-minute economic policy post

November 24, 2017 - 16:20 -- Admin

Both Labor and the LNP have released their economic policies just two days before the state election. This isn’t just a matter of “costings”. Essentially, all the new expenditure items and tax reductions were announced with some fanfare during the campaign, while the revenue measures and expenditure cuts needed to fund these goodies have been kept under wraps until now.


November 20, 2017 - 06:05 -- Admin

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

An opportunity for a Bill of Rights

November 18, 2017 - 18:08 -- Admin

One of the striking outcomes of the equal marriage survey is that a lot of people who had always assumed themselves to be part of (in Spiro Agnew’s phrase) the “silent majority” have been presented with undeniable evidence that they are actually in the minority. Not only that, but the minority to which they belong on equal marriage would be even smaller if it weren’t boosted by lots of people they’ve always thought of as undesirable minorities.

The thin end of the wedge on anti-discrimination law?

November 15, 2017 - 16:03 -- Admin

The latest attempt to derail equal marriage was a proposal by a group of conservatives to remove anti-discrimination provision to allow a wide range of discrimination against same-sex married couples. The leading proponent of the proposal was James Paterson who, like so many Liberal MPs, is a former staffer at the Institute of Public Affairs.