The case against income tax

Last week, the Australian House of Representatives accidentally brought a bill abolishing income tax from the 1st of July 2024, and though it is unlikely to pass, it might be the single smartest decision it has ever stumbled upon. After all, income tax was only ever meant to be a temporary measure. But what if we got rid of income tax altogether?

Why a federal surplus will cost you money

People have been led to believe, wrongly, that their personal financial circumstances will improve when the federal budget is in surplus but the opposite is true.  A federal surplus occurs when the government taxes more than it spends, (and what the hell point is that?). The net result  is billions of dollars being sucked out of the economy.

Attacks in lieu of answers

Attacks in lieu of answers

It is incredibly destabilising when the news networks you know and trust turn on their audiences. It’s either ofcom investigations, media hit pieces or the good old label of ‘conspiracy theorist’ for anyone with the audacity to question the dominant narrative. Shouldn’t that be the job of the media in the first place?

Did Assad gas his own people?

The recent bombing raids on Syria are predicated on a false consensus that President Bashar al-Assad is responsible for using chemical weapons against his own people. But even intelligence officials say these claims are widely disputed. So let’s run through everything we know, and don’t know, about the attacks.

We cannot fight the NRA through a fog of doubt

The students of Stoneman Douglas High School and their allies cannot take on the NRA with passion alone. If gun control has any chance of succeeding, advocates will need time to understand exactly how their opponents operate.

Cambridge Analytica & the myth of internet voodoo magic

The Cambridge Analytica revelations are not proof of some internet voodoo magic, they have merely demonstrated, perhaps for the first time, how online advertising actually works. Except that, according to UK consultant, Matt Muir, we don’t even really know if it works.

Neoliberal v Neoclassical economics – what’s the difference?

Neoliberalism and neoclassical economics are often terms that are used interchangeably by various economists and financial writers, but actually, there are important differences between the two. We’ve had some requests from readers to make that distinction more obvious, so Claire Connelly has summarised what you need to know.

Vero backlash & the hypocrisy of foreign influence

It took less than 48 hours for Vero to enter the public consciousness before questions were raised about its legitimacy, coming under fire for being owned by a Lebanese billionaire. Because apparently, anything developed outside of the United States is the equivalent to signing up to the axis of evil.

A war criminal in the White House

Kissinger is estimated to be responsible for at least four million deaths worldwide. During his legacy, he expanded US arms sales whilst conducting covert operations via the CIA. He sabotaged civil liberation movements, armed mercenaries and apartheid forces. So why is he a regular entry on Trump’s White House visitors list? Claire Connelly looks into the direction of future US foreign policy.