Prime Minister Andrew Fisher’s government implemented the age pension in 1908

A majority of Australians fear that the pension will not be available when they retire. After hearing from a coworker that the pension would not exist when my generation would retire, I wanted to explain why I think this is almost certainly wrong.

The Australian aged pension is 112 years old. In that time almost all the advanced economies have adopted some form of socialised insurance for the aged. A more recent trend has been for middle income countries to legislate for universal social insurance.

The reason why socialised insurance for the aged is so common is…


John Quiggin recently wrote a piece about how MMT is not really a theory. This post is about how the Job Guarantee is not really a coherent political programme but rather is movement. The definition of the Job Guarantee can be stretched to appeal to pretty much anyone. Indeed, this seems to be the point of the Job Guarantee Movement — uniting different groups of supporters behind a proposal that is so vague any disagreements can be avoided.

Two prominent JG advocates in Australia are Bill Mitchell and Warwick Smith. Their concepts of the job guarantee are very different but…


Having first promised a federal integrity commission in 2018, the government has struggled to explain just what is taking it so long. The prime minister has every reason to be concerned about a federal anti-corruption body. His closest political allies would likely be the first to draw the attention of any new cop on the beat.

Off all the 151 members of the house of representatives, arguably none has been as scandal prone as Stuart Robert the member for Fadden. The Queensland MP and minister for the NDIS plus social services, happens to be not only a close political ally…


A strange thing is happening in the case of the Glady Berejiklian scandal: many prominent media figures are prepared to defend her and even claim she did nothing wrong. This is in spite of the clear evidence in her correspondence with Darryl Maguire that she almost certainly knew of his corrupt behaviour. She also failed to disclose being in a romantic relationship with him, while he used his access to her to create a financial benefit to himself.

For the uninitiated a brief summary of the Gladys Berejiklian Darryl Maguire scandal. Disgraced former MP Darryl Maguire has admitted to monetising…


The governments relief program is heavily tilted towards existing power structures

The government has not been shy about opening the floodgates in its economics response to the Coronavirus. A large part of this has been channelled through the Job Keeper program, which in reality has been a massive cash cow for corporate sector. At the same time other important groups including small business, charities, universities and the arts and entertainments sector have been neglected. As a result the combined effect of the pandemic and this liberal government has been to further concentrate power in our society.

Designed by treasury in…


Why we shouldn’t admire the billionaire philanthropist

Forrest has played hardball in negations with Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation and is accused of a number of underhanded tactics

Andrew Forrest has been widely feted by the media, but its time somebody pointed out the elephant in the room. Forrest’s ideas are not just harmful and wrong, they show the deep hypocrisy of Australian society. Far from charitable, his attitude is mean spirited and self-interested.

Forrest is Australia’s leading opponent of First Nations land rights. To understand what this controversy is about, the key is in the language. Forrest doesn’t consider his legal obligation to First Nations Peoples to be rights. Instead, he derides what he calls “mining welfare.”

Australian’s don’t accept…


Focusing too much on moderates threatens to lose the party its base of working class voters who have more practical concerns than high minded rhetoric about the soul of America.

Leading into November the democratic candidate is once again polling well nationally but less well in the swing states. The supposed appeal of middle-class Joe in rust belt states was a key selling point for him during the primary. However, the democrat’s weaknesses have less to do with the candidate and more to do with their terrible campaign strategy. By running an entirely anti Trump campaign focused on issues like…


The United States is a country founded on the ideals of the classical liberal tradition. This was a tradition of political thought centred on individual liberties, which developed in England prior to the American revolution. English philosopher John Locke’s theory of natural rights influenced Thomas Jefferson and likely inspired the preamble of the American constitution. Much of political debate concerns whether America should expand on its ideals of individual freedom to create a more comprehensive social contract along the lines of the continental European model. Less attention is paid to the fact that modern America is fundamentally deficient in its…


With the moniker “S” enjoying a wide currency, it’s important to ask what is the specific substance behind this critique. As a minister in the Turnbull government Morrison was known for leaking small details of an impending policy change to the press. This allowed him to better pre-empt or anticipate criticism and otherwise manipulate the news cycle. The bigger issue than the fairness of criticisms of the PM is how do these practices affect our democracy?

One of the interesting tidbits from Turnbull’s book was how Scott Morrison's constant leaking created tension in the cabinet. Rather than a…


Fomenting chaos in American Cities is Trumps last desperate chance to hold on to power

Where does Trump who is not a stupid man focus his mental energies? I believe his current focus is on saving his political hide. His only chance to do this is to run an aggressive platform of authoritarianism. He will aim to activate the fear centre in the American mind and present himself as the only way to maintain social order. The seeds of disorder created by police interventions will be perceived by the public through a media environment that is full of contradictory, poor quality and propagandistic information. In this way the public can perceive that there is some…

Kyle Staude

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