Why this billboard makes my blood boil

Ok, I took the bait. This is what I really think So a friend sent me a photo of a billboard at Roma St station in Brisbane because he knew it would get a rise out of me. It’s this one, from Suncorp. He was right. This really gets the blood boiling under my goat, […]

Scandal: Are the pollies pulling a swifty on us?

Something is very fishy about our “skilled” visa program The election is shaping up as a tame (and lame) affair. But both sides look set to fail working people in Australia. And whoever wins this election, it looks like nobody will be getting a pay rise (except maybe the politicians, of course). In what seems […]

“Housing bust is over!” – top economist says

A surprisingly weak CPI number means rate cuts are all but a certainty. Last week, Australian CPI inflation shocked everyone and posted a doughnut – running at 0.0% in the March quarter and just 1.3% over the year. The RBA’s “trimmed mean” (which takes out lumpy stuff) was running a little better than headline, but […]

The 5 stages of growth the ANZACs gave us

The ANZACs are still forcing Australia to grow up. It’s a role they never asked for. The older I get, the younger the ANZACs of Gallipoli look. The reality was they were just kids – many of them literally. But even the older ones are no older than my kids are now. To imagine them […]

Revealed: Is the ATO coming after you?

The ATO is targeting investors – this is what they’re looking for. Looks like the ATO has got investors in their sights this year. The government has been really clamping down on the kinds of deductions that investors can claim, but now the ATO is going to be going through investor’s tax returns with a […]

Truth Bomb Tuesday: Vegans, leave the farmers alone

I just need to let farmers know that they haven’t been forgotten. I’m hearing reports of vegans attacking farmers and their farms, and I just feel I need to respond to that. It’s been a long time since I drafted cattle on my family’s cattle farm, and my hands are way too soft these days […]

Should nurses be able to negatively gear their house?

Category 5 rant warning – property investors are entrepreneurs too! Look, I want to clear something up. The whole debate about negative gearing is raging all around us. It’s all over the shop, but there’s one thing that keeps getting over looked. And that’s the economic logic of allowing property investors to access negative gearing. […]

Truth Bomb Tuesday: rejection = death

Are you afraid of rejection? It is completely natural. “She’s just afraid of rejection.” I was a bit uncomfortable where this conversation was going. I think they were trying to be constructive – trying to explain away some of here more annoying insecurities by pinning them to some sort of psycho-babble. And look, the fear […]