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This is what you get when you dump rubbish in an old mine

August 8, 2017 - 13:22 -- Admin

Four Corners has struck again with another non-story that has panicked the political establishment. Queensland doesn’t have a waste levy. This means it is cheaper to dump in Queensland than elsewhere, creating a business opportunity for waste disposal companies who operate in New South Wales. Not surprisingly some of them have secured properly zoned dump […]

Two innovations in a disrupter

May 18, 2017 - 21:23 -- Admin

Great experience today in an Uber that I just have to share. It shows just how innovative and exciting the modern economy is, and a good antidote to the doom and gloom from last night’s forum on the Universal Basic Income. Turns out my Uber driver is doing it part time. Made some money as […]

Corporatisation of political parties

May 17, 2017 - 09:15 -- Admin

Hillary Clinton has just started a new movement called Onwards Together to “resist” Donald Trump. It is similar to her campaign slogan “Stronger Together”, but if you translated it into French you would probably call it something like “En Marche”, which is the name of Emmanuel Macron’s new political party. In turn Macron’s party name […]

How is that “Fair Expectations of Behaviour” policy going?

November 14, 2016 - 21:29 -- Admin

Yesterday I wrote about the Department of Housings boast of having a more efficient system, labelled “Fair Expectations of Behaviour” for managing poorly behaved social welfare housing tenants than the Newman government’s “Three strikes” policy. My criticism was based on their own figures, but there is nothing like some anecdotal evidence to round things out, […]

De-Newmanisation not working #1

November 13, 2016 - 17:37 -- Admin

Queensland Housing Minister Mick de Brenni’s determination to return welfare housing to its Soviet-style past provides the latest natural experiment into what public policy approaches work best. The “iconoclasts” of the Queensland ALP seem determined to obliterate the three years of the Newman government, no matter that voters, including their own heartland, will be hurt. […]

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