Evidence-free policy on cars

His Tel­stra term has appar­ent­ly left Zig­gy Switkows­ki with a taste for Gaullist illog­ic. He reck­ons that the absence of a ratio­nale — oth­er than rent-s...

Why shoot elephants?

It’s the most effec­tive way to kill them. Any game-keep­er will tell you that. Just as any econ­o­mist will tell you that the most effec­tive way to con­trol o...

So now it’s a coal tax?

What is the point of the “emis­sions” tax now? By exclud­ing petrol from their pro­posed tax, the Labor/Green alliance have moved the goal posts to make the tax...

Learning to love the Boom

Sen­sa­tion sells, of course (“Salut DSK!”). Today’s Aus­tralian car­ries a gloom-laden account of Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Mar­tin Parkin­son’s address to the Mel...