• We can't keep kicking the can down the road

    dont-kick-maintenance-down-the-road.jpgWith the Federal Budget set to be handed down next week, I suspect a lot of political skin will be riding on how it is received. All indications thus far suggest it will be designed to support the economy and protect jobs in a rather fragile environment.

    Whilst there is always the usual sanctioned ‘leaks’ and media speculation, it is a fair guess that the country will run a large deficit next year – and for some years after that.

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  • Wake up to the threat before it's too late

    terrorism1.jpgI like Julie Bishop. She is smart, personable, competent and politically savvy. She’s proven to be an excellent Foreign Minister and one day I hope she gets the opportunity to hold the top job.

    Most recently, it was her address to the Sydney Institute earlier this week that marked her as someone who truly ‘gets it’.

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  • Government interference stifling investment

    red_tape.jpgLast week, I met with a group of self-made business men and women.

    They were all financially successful yet seemed to have the balance right in respect to other aspects of their lives too. They had families, seemed to take their parenting responsibilities seriously, tried to keep fit and also pursued numerous philanthropic endeavours.

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  • Tax reform: cut taxes, bureaucracy & entitlement

    tax.jpgWith only weeks to go until the Federal Budget, there has been a lot written in the press about tax and government spending.

    My position is crystal clear and I make no bones about it: taxes and government spending both need to be reduced for the good of the economy and Australian families.

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  • Growing unrest in the Australian majority

    reclaim_aus.jpgI am out and about in regional South Australia this week, so the comment will be mercifully brief!

    It is clear from my conversations with constituents that they are worried about the direction of the country. There is a sense of frustration that their politicians are letting them down.

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  • Australia leading the fight against terrorism at IPU

    IPU_English_logo_Colours.pngWhen parliament concluded last week, I joined an official delegation to Vietnam to attend a conference of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

    This is a bi-annual meeting of parliamentarians from across the globe that seeks to build relationships and strengthen the democratic process.

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  • Getting to the bottom of the halal certification racket

    halal.jpgEarlier this week, I went on radio to discuss one of the issues that seems to concern many Australians - halal certification.

    It is a concern that I share and have spoken about over a number of years.

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  • The Laffer Curve - why Australia needs lower taxes

    laffer.jpgFirstly, may I thank so many readers for their efforts in promoting the Conservative Leadership Foundation's writing competition. Your support will be invaluable to making this year's competition the biggest and best yet.

    The competition (and all the activities of the CLF) is my way of investing in the next generation, something that many of you also do in so many ways.

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  • Engaging the next generation in political discussion - CLF writing competition

    Writing_competition.jpgThis week I am asking for your help.

    We need to get young people engaged in political thought about the future of our country.

    We need to make sure the leaders of tomorrow are truly ready to play a role in politics, business, the media, academia and in our communities.

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  • Recognising the source of evil

    isis.jpgThere is always so much going on in the world, and particularly the parallel universe of politics, that it is sometimes difficult to know where to start.

    But this week, I want to write about something that someone else has written about.

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