Thank You

Thank You

Next month it will be eleven years since I first wrote my Weekly Dose of Common Sense. That time has seen the distribution list grow from a couple of dozen people to a six-figure email list. Every column prompts hundreds of comments and responses ranging from the...

Springing Into Uncertainty

Springing Into Uncertainty

I love Spring. It’s when nature wakens from her slumber and the sun begins to peek through the dark winter clouds. Last week I got to enjoy the full majesty of spring as I drove through regional South Australia admiring the winter crops. Fields of golden Canola...

The Cookie Crumbles

The Cookie Crumbles

The stock market seems to be confirming my fears about a slowing economy with hefty falls in recent days. The warning signs were there as interest rates were cut to record lows and expectations of more to come. Coupled with the uncertainty over global trade and the...

Behind The Economic Curtain

Behind The Economic Curtain

With so many domestic and international issues at play, it is difficult to pick the most pressing. Internationally, the UK has a new Prime Minister who will be charged with leading his nation out of the socialistic and bureaucratic European Union. He will also need to...

The Mid-Winter Spring Clean

The Mid-Winter Spring Clean

Even though it is the middle of Winter, I have been doing a bit of ‘Spring’ cleaning around the office. It is amazing how much stuff accumulates over thirteen years of parliamentary life. There are thousands of papers and constituent files and hundreds of books on all...

Unlocking Our Resources

Unlocking Our Resources

It’s easy to identify problems but much more difficult to provide a sensible solution. Politics seems to fuel the grievance industry with constant demands that the government do something about myriad problems. Often, these problems have little or nothing to do with...

The Confidence Crisis

The Confidence Crisis

Here is the heads-up on the cause of the next financial crisis: interest rates. No, I don’t mean higher interest rates but lower ones. I know that sounds counter-intuitive because ‘everyone knows’ that lower interest rates are good for the economy, prompting...

A Crunchy Decision!

A Crunchy Decision!

Last week’s announcement about the future of the Australian Conservatives certainly prompted a huge volume of correspondence. If you missed the news you can read the statement sent to Party members here. Overwhelmingly the feedback I received was one of...

The Debt Dilemma

The Debt Dilemma

Let’s talk about debt. Not the sophistry of good debt and bad debt but the brutal reality of what debt actually does. Debt doesn’t really matter… until suddenly it does. Then debt enslaves and erodes freedom. It cripples economies and enterprise. It destroys...