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Could anything be more contradictory?

January 29, 2015 - 07:12 -- Admin

Assistant Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg has just returned from the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos with some pearls of wisdom that have come from a suppository of wisdom that would put Tony Abbott’s suppository of wisdom to shame, i.e., the Troika, otherwise known as the EU Commission, the International Monetary Fund and the European Central Bank.

A penny saved is a penny earned

January 28, 2015 - 21:30 -- Admin

A penny saved is a penny earned – or so goes the truism. While this may apply to individuals and private enterprises; does it apply to governments?

Guest blogger Peter Martin investigates.

Readers please note;  Peter Martin has no connection with Peter Martin of Fairfax Press.

Book Review: A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter Miller

January 28, 2015 - 18:48 -- Admin

I might as well say straight up that I’m not suggesting that anyone else reads this. After a discussion with friends about what constitutes science fiction, as opposed to speculative fiction and to fantasy fiction, I remembered A Canticle for Leibowitz (1959). It was one of the first of what I then called ‘science fiction’ stories that I had read, and, I thought, an impressive one. So I read it again. And it is impressive. It’s also a heavily Roman Catholic treatise on original sin.

The Equality of Citizenship.

January 28, 2015 - 11:37 -- Admin

During the period between WW2 and the 1970s most western governments established employment as a right of citizenship. They declared that a properly regulated redistribution of wealth was necessary in a free market system and that an enlightened society required some form of income protection that would be based on a just wage system.