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Air pollution – the (sometimes) sweet smelling other elephant in the room in Australia

May 17, 2015 - 10:55 -- Admin

By Dr Anthony Horton.

In the past few weeks the costs associated with poor air quality in India and Europe have been published in terms of health effects, lost productivity and ultimately, mortality. In a previous blog I discussed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s response to Delhi being pronounced the world’s worst city in terms of air pollution in a World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

Urban Futures: The challenge of the low tax state to sustainable urban and regional planning

May 17, 2015 - 10:00 -- Admin

Denis Bright considers the implications of Prime Minister Abbott’s proposed lower tax regime for the future of urban and regional planning within a broader commitment to environmental sustainability in Australian public policy.

Introducing the challenge posed by the low tax state to essential urban and regional planning

Why The Left Have the Abbott Government All Wrong!

May 16, 2015 - 09:28 -- Admin

“Look, it’s a personal matter, it’s a private matter and I don’t propose to comment on something which is almost certainly coming before the courts, I just make the general point that when people have personal issues, they should be given all the support and all the encouragement that they possibly can to work through those issues.”

Tony Abbott 

The Mystery of Money or how I learned to stop worrying about debt and deficits.

May 15, 2015 - 14:18 -- Admin

When Leigh Sales asked Bill Shorten on Thursday night how he was going to pay for the promises he made in his budget reply speech, Bill dodged the question. Well, why shouldn’t he? Politicians do that. But the answer he should have given was: The same way governments pay for anything. They credit our bank accounts with money the Reserve Bank creates out of thin air.

Cutting through the crap

May 14, 2015 - 09:34 -- Admin

The Coalition want to talk about the past or the future but never the present.  Here are a few details from this year’s budget.

Net debt in 2014-15 is estimated to be $250.2 billion and the face value of CGS on issue (gross debt) is expected to reach a within‑year peak of around $370 billion.

When the Abbott Government came to power in September 2013, there was $270 billion in Commonwealth securities on issue and net debt was about $170 billion.

Having a go

May 13, 2015 - 19:50 -- Admin

It made my heart sing last night to hear Emma Alberici tell Mathias Cormann a few home truths in one of the best interviews I have seen in recent times.

Alberici asked, if an $18 billion deficit was a “budget emergency”, what do you call a deficit of $35 billion?