Category Archives: Business and Enterprise

WARPED WELFARE WAILING

Contrary to what we are told by politicians and the media, the cost of welfare is not a major element among the issues that we face in achieving and sustaining the financial viability of Australia. Currently, the crippling costs to the economy are – … Continue reading

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Inland Rail: Only “red tape and political gutlessness” stopping simple project more than 100 years in making.

Feature article by Michael Madigan in The Courier-Mail  20 August 2016 IT’S a bit like our own infrastructure version of the “Yowie’’ – plenty have seen visions of it, but no-one has been able to capture this magnificent, mythical 1700km … Continue reading

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TAMING THE NORTH

I have been a voter since 1952 and, at every election since then, there has been someone, either a Prime Minister or an Opposition Leader or an aspiring MP, who has seriously threatened to develop Northern Australia. Sadly, I still … Continue reading

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IN SEARCH OF A NATION BUILDER

Australia is a disgracefully underdeveloped and poorly planned nation, the result of hugely neglectful politics over a long period of time. Because no thought has ever been given to balanced development, most of our population is crammed into capital cities where … Continue reading

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Tax Reform and the Politics of Fear

There are thousands of laws that provide the basis of governing our nation. Every one of them can be improved in order to meet the needs of a changing world, particularly taxation laws, as they are an out of date … Continue reading

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Wise Young – Partnerships to build a great Australia

There are far too many bright young Australians who are unemployed. Many of them have visionary ideas for new and innovative business ventures, but are thwarted by a lack of capital, experience and opportunity. There are many older Australians who want to … Continue reading

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SENIORS ARMY WILL MARCH FOR WATER

Last week, I outlined a plan to drought proof our Australian continent by sending tropical water south via dry river beds and connecting channels. The concept is fundamentally sound, but it will become a reality only if the private sector provides … Continue reading

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Blueprint for an Ageing Australia launched today – obtain your copy!

My launch speech to the National Press Club in Canberra (Complete with links to your download copy of the Blueprint) People are growing older and are doing so at a far greater rate than ever before in the history of the … Continue reading

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Come to the Launch – Blueprint for an Ageing Australia, National Press Club, Canberra, September 3

I am delighted to invite you to join me in Canberra on this important occasion, in which a Panel that I chair will present to the nation a Blueprint on how Australia must plan to meet all the social and … Continue reading

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We must face the inevitability of retirement age rising to 70.

Change is forever with us, a clinging certainty from which we cannot hide. So, the time has come for Australians to accept that, after 106 years of enjoying a Retirement Age of 65, we must face the inevitability of it … Continue reading

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There’s promising possibilities for old investment in a new bush – Go West Old Guys!

My article published in Crikey 13/12/13 Too many farmers are burdened with unmanageable debt, some of them heavily so. Many bought farms with minimum equity at maximum prices during the height of the boom before the GFC of 2008, then … Continue reading

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70 is a very young age to retire

When Andrew Fisher and Alfred Deakin combined together to have a bi-partisan Pension Bill passed through Parliament in 1908, they asked an Actuary for advice on what age most workers could be expected to die. The actuary did not hesitate … Continue reading

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I will complete the Blueprint on Ageing

I have made real progress with my plan to complete the Blueprint on Ageing and am pleased that we will do so with the aid of an eminent Australian Think Tank, using crowd funding plus some corporate and trust gifts. … Continue reading

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Why Joe Hockey should not have sacked me.

As we face an ageing tsunami, Treasurer Joe Hockey has sacked the Advisory Panel on Positive Ageing (and me as its chairman), declaring it to be irrelevant without stating why this is so. Shortly before that, Prime Minister Tony Abbott … Continue reading

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Economic Growth or Quality of Life – measuring the progress of a nation.

Politicians and economists calculate the stature and prosperity of a nation by the annual percentage increase in its Gross Domestic Product. Governments rise and fall on the basis of this statistic, mainly because nations are declared to be in recession … Continue reading

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The Commonwealth of The South Pacific

Creating a Union of Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands In the 1890s, when the Federation of Australian States was being fervently debated, there were seven negotiating parties at the table — five States on the Continent, plus Tasmania … Continue reading

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For whom the bell tolls – The last days of Rudd or Abbott or both.

Saturday will be a time of great personal relief for the vast majority of Australian voters. After the most painful and boring election of a lifetime, we will have made the decision that most of us would prefer not to … Continue reading

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The Search for Clean Coal

The coal industry is at a crisis point worldwide, and any fallout from its decline will impact heavily on the Australian economy. Barack Obama has stated that his goal is to gradually shut-down every coal fired power station in the … Continue reading

Posted in Business and Enterprise, Carbon Debate, Community and Values, Environment, Everald@Large Newsletter 2013, Government, Mining and Resources, Nuclear

Is it a sin to sell a Government Asset?

More emotion is generated by the debate on Government Asset Sales than most issues that are littered around the political playground. Most of the comments are generated by the thought that there are votes to be won by perpetuating this … Continue reading

Posted in Business and Enterprise, Community and Values, Everald@Large Newsletter 2013, Funding and Finance, Government, Infrastructure Rail, Air, Sea

Is Super very Super?

A comment on the explosive election issue of Superannuation There are few, if any, certainties in life. Nevertheless, I am willing to put significant money on the real possibility that the September Federal Election will be decided by the votes … Continue reading

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