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Op-Ed - Make SA best the place to run a business - The Advertiser, Friday, 20 December 2013

This Op-Ed was originally published in The Advertiser.   SOUTH Australia is at the crossroads. The long-awaited and expected decision of the global car making giant GM to close its Australian assembly plants has shone a light on just how moribund the South Australian economy has become. While the State Labor Government, after 12 years in power, is unsurprisingly carrying on like a hysterical toddler and using the opportunity to make base politics months out from an election, it surpri... »

Op-Ed - More laws. More rules. More hurdles. - The Australian Financial Review - Tuesday, 25 June 2013

In Just three days, the 43rd Parliament will be consigned to history. For most, this can’t come soon enough. From time to time, you hear an argument that this Parliament has been a success because it has passed so many pieces of legislation. For a... »

Op-Ed - Building unions need to be reined in - The Australian Financial Review, Tuesday, 14 May 2013

PDF Printable Version In 2007, Peter Costello opened his budget speech by saying: "Australia is different to the way it was 10 years ago."   Tonight Wayne Swan could remark Australia is different from the way it was in 2007. But unlike ... »

Op-Ed - Now it is Liberals who come to praise Hawke and Keating, The Australian Financial Review, Tuesday, 2 April 2013

**PDF Printable Version**   Most observers would have welcomed the comments made by former ACTU president and now former resources minister Martin Ferguson following his resignation from the Gillard cabinet.   Ferguson's plea for L... »

Op-Ed - Poll promises cause long-term damage - The Australian Financial Review, Tuesday, 19 February 2013

PDF Printable Version   For Christmas, my wife gave me several classic novels to broaden my horizons. One was Oscar Wilde's A Picture of Dorian Gray, the famous tale of a portrait that decays silently and out of public view. Meanwhile its... »

Op-Ed - Not boxing clever on Boxing Day- The Australian Financial Review, Tuesday 22 January 2013

PDF Printable Version   Images of the manic behaviour of eager Boxing Day shoppers have become somewhat of an odd spectator sport for Australians digesting their Christmas fare.   It is, however, also a reminder of a quaint policy ... »

Op Ed - It's our turn to make the hard calls - The Australian Financial Review, Tuesday, 27 November 2012

PDF Printable Version   When Bert Kelly first wrote his Modest Member columns in The Australian Financial Review, he was arguing against the economic orthodoxy of the day. He argued that for Australians to increase their prosperity and opport... »

Op-Ed - Another swan dive by a desperate government, The Punch - Thursday, 8 November 2012

A key aspect of our system of government is an impartial public service.  In fact, this impartiality is enshrined in the Australian Public Service Act 1999, where it states:    (1) The APS Values are as follows: (a) the APS is apo... »

Op-Ed - Beware of the ALP's red tape factory - Tuesday, 16 October 2012

PDF Printable Version   In the lead-up to the 2007 election, the now all-singing, all-dancing Trade Minister made great play of Labor's promise to introduce a "one in, one out" policy for regulation and red tape.     This is not u... »

Op-Ed - Dental scheme: safety net or spider’s web? - Tuesday, 4 September 2012, The Australian Financial Review

PDF Printable Version   Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek stood with Greens senator Richard Di Natale last week to proudly announced a new scheme to ensure every approved child has access to “free” dental care from 2014.   As... »

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