Not completely sure of the conservation logic here but it will be a good outcome if it occurs. I photographed these Black-throated finches inland from Port Douglas last year – specifically about 20 klm west of Mount Carbine. It is the second time I have seen them there. It is near a dam site on a cattle property. Great spot – we also saw Great bowerbirds and some Comb-crested jacana. The following photos are an embed from my FB page:
Articles from Harry Clarke
The Labor Party policy for not refunding
franking credits when an individual pays no income tax is poor policy.
The conventional view of economists and others is that nature and biodiversity have instrumental value as a consumption good (broadly defined to include conservation, aesthetic and altruistic motives as well as standard uses) and as a factor of production (e.g. transport or dairy. Thus we stop species from going extinct because it offends the convexity of our preferences – humans value diversity.
It is important to understand the basic economics of conflicts over fishing rights as discussed in this article. The problem arises from the difficulty or impossibility of enforcing property rights over access to fishing rights. With open access exploitation of fisheries – a free for all grab for available fish – there is excessive exploitation of fish and total fish yields decline. It is impo
A traffic engineer told me the other day that driverless car technology would largely replace the need for expanding road systems in urban centers. The general idea is that if car travel can be automated that there are plenty of roads for cars to make synchronized journeys on so congestion will disappear. There are now many studies that question the claim that driverless cars will reduce congestion – t
Most people don’t seem to understand* what company tax is intended to do in Australia’s tax imputation system. The idea of imputation is to avoid taxing the same income twice. When a firm earns profits it is taxed on those profits at the company tax rate of 30%. If some of the after-tax profits are distributed as dividends to shareholders then the intention is not to tax this income a second time when it reaches the shareholder.
I am often asked to give financial advice to friends and colleagues partly on the grounds that I am an economist and partly because, it is supposed, I have a fair bit of experience in investing. My response is that I have no special expertise in making investment choices although I do have strong views on what should be avoided.
Not everything that Tony Abbott says is nonsense. A fair bit of his verbal output is suspect but his views on immigration make sense. The claims of his critics often do not. Particularly when they are related to unwarranted claims of an anti-multicultural bias.
A penny dreadful mining exploration company that I have followed in the past (to my regret) has made losses for each of the past 10 years. It has several exploration sites that it owns or co-owns, but none is anything close to a producing mine – indeed at some “promising” sites, only a single drill sample has been analyzed. Several of the sites are in Africa. The firm is capitalized at about $40m but has cash at the bank of only about $500,000.
I watched the ten-part series, “The Vietnam War” (TVW), now made available at SBS online. This is a powerful analysis of this almost grotesque tragedy that influenced my own thinking greatly as a young man. It changed me into a person who thought politically. I opposed the American-run war and Australia’s participation in it during my final high school years and most of my years of study at university.