Save Smith Bay – The Real Story

The Ballad of Jack and Dianne… Jack and Dianne had lived on Kangaroo Island for a few years, when a shop became available on Dauncey St. They decided to open a coffee shop. Although they had never run a coffee shop before, they had run other successful businesses, and Jack had training and experience as …

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Last Word on the Smith Bay Jetty – Kangaroo Island

If you have to lie to make your case, you don’t have a case. Never has this been more starkly clear than in the determined opposition to KIPT’s proposed new jetty at Smith Bay. This is a project that will bring a massive ongoing income stream to Kangaroo Island, and has the potential to revitalise …

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Retail Fuel Strike? Yeah, Nah..

I have seen a few posts on Facebook over the last week suggesting a two day fuel strike. The idea seems to be that if people don’t buy fuel for two days, the oil companies will learn their lesson, and reduce the price of petrol. This isn’t quite the dumbest idea ever. That was voting …

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Fossil Fuels and Subsidies in Australia

From the end of last year but still relevant.   Anyone who claims that coal mining or other resource production is subsidised in Australia is trying to sell you something.. It isn’t. Claims it is are deliberately misleading.   There are no subsidies, just the same tax reductions for business costs that apply to all …

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Who Are the Fascists?

Wikipedia is not always the most reliable of sources, but its definition of fascism is a reasonable starting point for discussion. A fascist is a follower of a political philosophy characterized by authoritarian views, desire for a strong central government, and no tolerance for opposing opinions. All forms of socialism, including Germany’s national socialism, are …

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More Anti-Energy Silliness

There is no reasons why activists should not be allowed to have their say, as long as policy is based on facts rather than ideology. A saw a video recently purporting to be of a Norwegian fisherman lamenting the negative impact of the oil industry, and particularly of acoustic imaging, on Norwegian fisheries. OK. Except …

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Every Day in Every Way …

“Every day in every way, I am getting better and better” was the catch-phrase of Émile Coué, French psychologist and pharmacist, who believed people could be healed and their lives improved through the power of aut0-suggestion. His theories have long since fallen out of favour. But what is true is that every day, in almost …

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How Good is the US Economy?

When even the New York Times struggles to find words to say how good the US economy is, you know it’s good: We Ran Out of Words to Describe How Good the Jobs Numbers Are The economy is in a sweet spot, with steady growth and broad improvement in the labor market. The real question …

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Energy Exploration and Development in Australia

Australia’s economic stability depends on reliable supplies of cheap energy, mostly in the form of coal and oil. Members of remote communities would be the first to suffer if fuel became difficult to obtain, or if prices surged. For example, in my community of Kangaroo Island, everything depends on oil. Without oil there would be …

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Why is Britain Selling Weapons to our Enemies?

Erdogan is no friend to the West. He is a violent, oppressive dictator, and a supporter of terrorism. Prime Minister May knows this; hence the “stern warning.” Is the UK so desperate for money it has to resort to selling powerful modern weapons to the enemies of civilization?

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To Reduce Debt, Cut Spending

It seems a simple enough solution; to reduce debt, reduce spending. This graph from Australia’s IPA (Institute of Public Affairs) shows just how effective a one percent reduction in overall spending would be, wiping out the deficit in the current year, and halving gross debt in two years: Instead, we have another budget of the …

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Socialism is as Socialism Does…

And what socialism does is kill people. Whether it is National Socialism killing off the Jews to usher in the millenial kingdom, the ideal society, the 1,000 year reich, or Stalinist, Maoist, or Venuzuelan socialism killing off the kulaks or bourgoisie to achieve the same end, socialism kills. Socialism fails because it does not understand …

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Australian Federal Budget 2018

I am just back from a long day at work, and too tired to think in detail about the 2018 budget. But the Greens hate it, so that is an indication that at least some aspects of it are positive. These might include reducing the likelihood  of “bracket creep” for low and middle income earners. …

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National Australia Bank – Leaders in Banking Malpractice

The Australian Royal Commission into banking malpractice is considering submissions now, so it seems an appropriate time to link back to my story from 2012 about our own very special experience with the NAB (National Australia Bank). “In 2007 Kathy and I needed to buy a new home. We had banked with the National Australia …

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China to Complete the World’s Longest Sea Bridge this Year

What an astonishing achievement this is. China will soon complete the world’s longest sea bridge. A fifty-five kilometre sea bridge, and a six and a half kilometre under-sea tunnel. “The engineering challenges have been immense. The soft — and in some places deep — seabed meant engineers had to drive more than 100 huge steel …

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