• The True Cost of the NBN

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    It seems that I am one of the lucky ones. The NBN is connected to my home and it works brilliantly for the extensive digital demands of our household.

    Unfortunately, the cost of that connection comes at a very heavy price for the Australian taxpayer. When the Labor Party first cobbled together a national broadband initiative – literally on the back of an envelope – it was mooted to cost around $6 billion. That cost has now blown out to ten times the original forecast.

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  • A Page from the Australian Conservatives Playbook

    RAW_POLICY_energy.pngI’ll be brief today as the Senate is sitting and there is a pile of legislation that needs an injection of common sense. These include the government setting up a ‘slush fund’ purporting to be a new bank, welfare reform that won’t really reform anything substantive, citizenship half-measures towards restoring Australian values, a political-fix savings scheme that breaks the government promise of ‘no further changes to super’ and important higher education reforms that look doomed to failure.

     

    Just another day in a Senate that isn’t working to our advantage but instead is providing headlines to those who treat politics like show business.

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  • Schemes drain taxpayer energy

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    Just when I thought politics couldn’t disappoint any further, I see more half-baked proposals to fix our broken electricity system.

    The system was broken by the actions of the very same politicians who now claim they can fix it. Such was the hysteria about ‘needing to do something about climate change’, successive governments and their collaborators in the opposition have done incredible damage to our economic prospects.

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  • A new model

    Every time I attend an event or stop and have a chat with someone in the street, I invariably learn something about them, about me and about our amazing country.

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  • Statist Sugar Hits

    What a wonderful response to last week’s missive. The messages of congratulations were just amazing, as were the stories many readers shared about married life.

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  • A successful marriage

    After writing my weekly musings for the best part of a decade, I now find the Wednesday morning ritual a cathartic experience.

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  • Sneak attacks amid Senate chaos

    Senate_Division.jpgIt's been a chaotic couple of days in the Senate and there's no sign of that changing this week!

    The usual argy-bargy over procedure and process continues but it is the legislative agenda that is worthy of comment.

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  • Golden Days Ahead

    Last weekend I was fortunate enough to be a part of the celebrations for my parents' 50th wedding anniversary. 

    It was a lot of fun to share in a milestone that I suspect too few will achieve in the decades ahead. 

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  • Taking care of business

    There are some common themes heard whenever I travel around the country. Last night I was in Sydney speaking at the Northern Sydney Conservative Forum to a packed house of over 300 guests.

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  • Citizenship Down

    The current citizenship saga plaguing our parliament is diminishing its status even more.

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