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January 27, 2019

We salute Richard 'Harry' Harris and Craig Challen, both jointly named 2019 Australian of the Year for their heroic efforts in saving 12 boys from a flooded cave in Thailand.  A wonderful achievement as were the efforts of other candidates. Overall a record number of gongs were dispersed, which raises the question of why not give one to all Australians.  In many cases now, a disproportionate number of AOs – from ‘Thanks we not...

December 16, 2018

A difficult year is rapidly coming to an end. The Australian Treasury and central bank remain cheerful, especially in public comment and (presumably) advice to government. House prices are falling and look set to fall further. Wages are still showing little growth in real terms except for employment in various State and Federal governments. Wages cannot rise in real terms until national productivity is on a steadily rising tre...

September 27, 2017

Sometimes all the planning fails. Sometimes no planning at all works out. We arrived at Wilpena Pound's formerly 'luxury' accommodation early on Friday afternoon. Tour planner, Mrs Thornton, has little interest in footy and did not plan for Henry's natural desire to watch the preliminary final games but had booked two nights at Wilpena.

We unpacked and got dressed for a walk into the Pound. The return walk is something over 6 K...

September 10, 2017

Politics is so very awful at present. Barnaby Joyce is lambasted at every opportunity, Blackout Bill Shorten keeps trying to thwart any good idea on how to keep the lights on and the coalition is still 6 points behind Labor on two party preferred terms.

Treasurer Scott Morrison on The Insiders today was in his now normal  grinning hyperactive hyperdrive mode. 'No wonder people have stopped saving' he remarked, totally ignoring...

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