Are you enjoying your hamster-wheel yet? Would you like another carrot cube?
If we didn’t allow our federal government, its agencies and quangos to become so big in the first place, we would not be debating the need for a federal ‘integrity’ commission. We also wouldn’t be funding a museum to house Julie Bishop’s stinky used shoes (yes, really).
Unfortunately, our federal government is the biggest game in town and it’s been acquiring extra influence and power for some time.
Continue reading “Whose Money is it?”
If all you did was listen to Treasurer Scott Morrison on budget night and the half-baked media commentary that followed, you could be forgiven for thinking that Australia has practically paid off its debt, the good times are already rolling and that the only ‘losers’ are going to be a few drug dealers and tradies dealing in cash:
Continue reading “The 2018-19 Federal Budget: the Ghosts of Budgets Past”
Despite having delivered Australia’s finest budget analysis for the last two years running, TMR still hasn’t received an invite to the budget green room. Consequently, while imbeciles like Shane Wright get to see what’s cooking in advance, TMR can only access the following at the moment:
Continue reading “Ghosts of Budgets Past”
What more does Kelly O’Dwyer need to do to show that she’s clearly not qualified for the role of federal government minister?
This is her complete disaster of an interview the other day regarding the banking royal Commission,
This was TMR smelling something very fishy when it came to O’Dwyer two years ago:
Continue reading “O’Dwyer Keeps Delivering”
If you had a limited amount of water and could use it on a tree’s roots or leaves, which would you choose?
Even Forrest Gump could probably tell you that his mamma always said that we put sprinklers on the ground for good reason. Yet, despite this, our Federal opposition is determined to commandeer precious resources away from the roots of our economy and sprinkle them over the leaves.
Continue reading “Editorial – Watering the Leaves”
Bill Shorten appears committed to destroying Australia’s middle and aspirational classes. His latest ill-conceived attack on discretionary family trusts makes this abundantly clear.
Continue reading “Shorten Attacks Business Class”
A lot has been made of Malcolm Turnbull’s recent comments that the Liberal party is not a ‘conservative’ party and that the ‘sensible centre’ is the place to be.
Whether you think his comments were right, wrong or reported by the media out of context, the fact is that only someone with a profound lack of judgment would open domestic political wounds in such a manner while overseas. It’s really is as if Turnbull said to himself:
Continue reading “Turnbull’s Last Stand”
Whatever charred remains existed of what the Liberal Party once stood for, Chris Pyne managed to show up and empty his bladder on them last week.
People like me have been calling out the ‘Turnbull Coalition’ for not upholding basic Liberal Party values for some time. I’ve even gone to the length of keeping a running list of Turnbull’s thought bubbles and leftist policies so that we don’t forget them all.
Quick tangent: for some fun at home, I highly recommend going here, hitting Ctrl+F, typing in ‘liberal’ and seeing how many hits you get (!). Then do the same with ‘Turnbull’ (!!) and ‘Malcolm’ (!!!).
(Yes, you really want to do this).
(It’s ok, I’ll wait…).
To more people than ever before, it’s now clear that Turnbull and his team have funneled Australian politics into an unsustainable tailspin where:
Continue reading “Editorial – With Friends Like Chris…”
Did you ever wonder why the ABC’s budget figures never seem to quite add up?
Continue reading “Accounting at the ABC”
Every year, the government seems to make it harder to really see what it’s doing with our money in the budget – whether by renaming things, requiring an extra click or two to access various papers or simply by the tried and true method of burying its sins deep into the treacherous abyss.
TMR refuses to be beaten.
If you want simple, no-nonsense budget analysis that can’t be found anywhere else, read on.
All figures have been sourced from the official 2017-18 budget papers and are presented so that you can form your own opinion.
Continue reading “The 2017-18 Federal Budget: Taxing Our Way to Prosperity”