August 18, 2015

Last April, Jill and I participated in an ASA Literary tour of the Southern States of the USA with 24 other Australians. The party was led by Susannah Fullerton who is famous for her work on Jane Austen.


We were introduced to many southern writers, saw the homes where they lived and the places and the cultures they had written about.  There were writers we were familiar with such as  John Berendt , Margaret Mitchell, Scott Fitzgerald, Tennessee Williams, Joel Chandler Harris, and Harper Lee; and others not so well known such as Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty, Richard Wright, Greg Isles and Wi...

March 15, 2015

Entrepreneurs create jobs. So if we want more jobs then we have to create an environment in which entrepreneurs flourish. The converse is also true; if there are insufficient jobs being created then the conditions for entrepreneurs are not sufficiently conducive.


The conventional wisdom is somewhat different. Our politicians promote themselves as the ones who create jobs; presumably most people believe this. It is worth considering in what ways politicians create jobs.


Firstly they can increase the number of public sector jobs. Depending on your world view you may see this in a positive or neg...

March 9, 2015



At the first suggestion that minimum wages and penalty rates might be subject to review by the Productivity Commission, the ACTU hit the airwaves and the streets to defend their hard won rights. Rights that had been won by physical, economic and political coercion were not to be trammeled by rational debate; the proposals were offensive.  Economics journalist, Peter Martin wrote that there was no evidence to support the contention that minimum wages had a negative impact on employment.


Those most adversely affected by minimum wages are those out of work, those for whom the jobs do not exist...

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