Business Has the Answers … to everything

Richard Branson and Keith Tuffley save the world

You and I are doing our bit for the environment.
There’s the cloth bag we keep in the car to carry our plastic wrapped purchases from Coles and Woolies. We’re assiduous recyclers and maybe even composters but are these enough? Disappointingly, these actions haven’t had much impact on the Murray-Darling water flow. The summers keep getting hotter. Craftily crafted projects sneak through despite the best efforts of regulators. 

While you were watching Adani, a uranium project five hundred kilometres north of Kalgoorlie gained approval despite the protests of subterranean fauna. Forty years of resistance to this project by the traditional owners goes down another drain.  As if things aren’t bad enough, a few weeks ago no-one could find the the Federal Environment Minister. Now we simply don’t know who it is.

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Greed is Good – experience luxury for $4

About once a month I buy the Australian Financial Review.
I like to know what the financial spivs and their colluding journalists are up to. I rarely get a laugh out of it but a recent edition was a real knee-slapping, side-splitter.

From the middle of the paper dropped the 46th edition of Luxury. This was the Jewellery Issue. The feature story was about the Paspaley family and their pearl exploits.

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An age of plenty

Where does money come from is a question for our times

Where does money come from?
I can’t think of a more important or confusing question. When we run short of something in our daily lives we normally do something about it. Whether we are short of carrots, cars, computers or crayons we don’t have to think too hard about what to do. We go to the dealer, supermarket or art supply shop and get what we need.

The truth is that in this age of plenty we rarely run short of anything. We might lack one of these items as individuals. Not everyone has a car or computer. However, society rarely if ever runs out of anything. Our supermarkets are always stocked with food. A variety of stores provide just about anything we need. The one thing we are short of, as a society, is money. So why don’t we figure out where it comes from and do something about it?

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We Are An Aspirational Nation

Tax Cut for a Rich Man

Writing for The Saturday Paper in April 2017,
Mike Seccombe gave us a hint of the disappointment Bill Shorten and Labor would suffer two years later.  “[N]ever tell voters they’ve got it good. Speak NOT to their economic reality but to their economic illusions”.  This is a lesson Shorten might’ve learned in an interview with Melbourne’s Neil Mitchell on 3AW around the same time in which the interviewer tried to tie Shorten down on just what defined rich. 

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Keep Your Hands Off the Levers and No-one Gets Hurt

Scott Morrison Miracle Man

When I bought the Australian Financial Review on the Monday morning following the May 18 Federal election, there was something strange about it.  It felt like a small brick.  Excited by the prospect of this bumper edition, I sped to my local café for a great morning’s reading.  By the time I’d reached page 3, it was clear what had happened.  Each sentence was lined with smug.  Some particularly heavy pages at the back were recorded in schadenfreude font.

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Electoralism – Labor wheels right

Labor turns to the right under Albanese

Was it a mistake to raise “the big end of town”
and so-called inequality. People voting at the central Punchbowl booth in south-west Sydney showed their abhorrence of class war by swinging eleven percent towards the Liberal Party. What were Bill Shorten and his mates thinking? This is a country of aspiration.

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