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Modelling, Schmodelling! How to rationalise policies that would destroy the economy

Catallaxy Files, 25 July 2018

In a reprise of the feeding of the 5000 with five loaves and two fish, the Energy Security Board has offered salvation for the Australian economy with the National Energy Guarantee (NEG).

Sacrificed on Victoria’s Green Altar

Quadrant online, 27 November 2019

Victoria is the vanguard of states in major struggles over the control and use of public lands. These comprise around 35 per cent of the state, the majority of which is in parks and reserves that aim to minimise human impact. Such areas have long been seen as under-managed and infested with exotic flora and fauna. They are increasingly recognised as perilous host to ferocious and destructive fires.

Regulatory restraints on land use: harmful to affluence and to recreation

Catallaxy Files, 6 August 2018

A couple of weeks ago I launched an excellent book, GOING ‘GREEN’ Forests, fire and a flawed conservation culture by Mark Poynter. I recalled that in earlier years there was a body that grandly called itself the Competent Authority. It was in fact just a bunch of bureaucrats who acted as a retarder to the vehement calls of the green left for preservation of forest on one justification after another – protecting some rare critters, protecting any critters, promoting tourism, stopping erosion of

Green Activism is putting our nation in the red

Herald Sun, 4 August 2017

Radical groups demonise specific goods and services causing them to be banned or imposing increased costs on buyers and sellers The instigators of this activity describe each new ban or cost imposition as having only minor effects – indeed in some cases, like preventing the use of cheap fossil fuels, embargos are sold as bringing economy-wide cost savings. The immediate targets of these green campaigns are modern agriculture, use of water, low cost energy and mining but everybody loses from th

Fish farming: a new project’s approval illustrates regulatory weaknesses

Catallaxy Files, 12 May 2017

Yesterday the Commonwealth government gave environmental approval to Project Sea Dragon, a $2 billion scheme involving prawn farming in the North. According to reports it will increase the national prawn catch by 55 per cent and employ 1400 people in activities that deliver real worth involving willing customers. Revenues of over $1.25 billion a year are expected. This involves a welcome change from the negative value-adding that has been par for the course with subsidised wind farms, Snowy w

Future prosperity and its enemies

Catallaxy Files, 7 November 2016

There are three pertinent pieces in today’s media covering the economy-crippling policies that our political elites are pursuing by attacking property rights and promoting their own favoured economic and political outcomes. First we have Barnaby Joyce with a wonderful op ed which is worth quoting at length


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