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New Investments Outlive Confetti Money

March 20th, 2020 by Viv

By Viv Forbes

Governments seek to revive “the economy” by scattering gifts of our own money wrapped in red tape. This encourages immediate consumption. But this stimulation stops dead when the money tap is turned off.

Three simple measures from the three levels of government will create more long term jobs than discriminatory and complicated political handouts that have no lasting effect. Read the rest of this entry »

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Our Sacred Land?

August 7th, 2019 by Viv

by Viv Forbes

My wife and I were both born in Australia, as were two children and four grandchildren. Our parents were born in Australia as were all of their parents. And some ancestors go back much further in this land.

I feel rage every time I have to sit through another patronising “welcome to country” charade, designed to make me feel an intruder in my own land. Indigenous history on this continent is the same as our family story – it just goes back a bit further.
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February 21st, 2018 by Viv

A word to describe our future…

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Progress Party Memories

January 31st, 2017 by Viv

Progress Party Port produced by John and Anna McRobert

Progress Party Port produced by Romavilla Vineyards and presented as a fund-raiser by Jock and Anna McRobert.

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A New Conservative Force?

January 4th, 2017 by Viv

Those contemplating a platform for a new conservative force may find some value in contemplating a policy statement and constitution that was rigorously consistent and designed so that it could not easily be watered down.

See: “The Progress Party”: [PDF, 13 MB]

The Progress Party was formed in Queensland in January 1977, and then spread Australia wide, contesting elections for several years. It no longer exists so the contact information in “The Yellow Book” is no longer relevant. Viv Forbes is happy to answer queries.

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Life, Liberty and Property

December 2nd, 2013 by Viv

George Sutherland, Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court, 1921, wisely said:

The three great rights are so bound together as to be essentially one right. To give a man his life, but deny him his liberty, is to take from him all that makes his life worth living. To give him his liberty, but take from him the property which is the fruit and badge of his liberty, is to still leave him a slave.

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CREATING UNEMPLOYMENT in the Kingdom of Good Intentions

December 2nd, 2013 by Viv

By Viv Forbes December 1990. First published in Business Queensland in 1990.

An economic and social tragedy called unemployment is now rolling over Australia like a toxic smog. Generated in the poisonous hot air rising from every Parliament in the land, this murky soup of legislative and bureaucratic stupidity will suffocate the productive life of many businesses and their workers. Most of the victims will be unaware of the cause of their problems. Bosses will blame workers, and vice versa, while the real culprits cavort the world on fact finding trips or debate irrelevancies in the Industrial Relations Club.

The majestic and relentless progress of this tragedy is recorded like epitaphs on numberless tombstones in each day’s headlines.

Just one day last week produced these four headlines – “Jobless Queue Grows”, “Business Denied Tax Relief”, “Builder in Receivership” and “Recession no Excuse for Pay Cuts”.
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Planning and Prosperity

July 5th, 2013 by Viv

By Viv Forbes, November 1990.

Every year, on the first cold snap of autumn, my wife gets out the electric blanket and ties it back on the bed. This year she got things a bit mixed up so that I had her control switch and she mine.

She likes more heat than I so she turned her control to 3 and I put mine on 2. It felt a bit hot to me so I turned mine to 1. She felt a bit cold so she turned hers to 4. A bit later I turned mine off and she turned hers to 5. About midnight, we discovered the problem – crossed wires in the feedback system.

Most Government Planning and Control systems operate like this.
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The Road to Homelessness

June 24th, 2013 by Viv

By Viv Forbes, October 1990. First published in Business Queensland, 1990.

Those who drive forever on the road to hell must surely get there.

For over two decades, governments from both sides and at all levels have kept the housing industry on the road to homelessness. More people can now see the park benches at the end of this road. Changing speed on the same road will not help – what is needed is a swift U-turn in housing policies.

Few industries have had more interference from politicians than housing. Local, state and federal governments have enlisted expensive mercenary armies of bureaucrats, clerks, planners, officials, consultants, experts, committees and task forces whose mission is to plan, zone, regulate, investigate, inspect, prohibit, condemn, tax, subsidise, licence, register, encourage and discourage the housing industry.
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The New Federalism

June 24th, 2013 by Viv

By Viv Forbes, October 1990. First published in Business Queensland, 1990.

The last major item on Bob Hawke’s secret agenda of unfinished business is to arrange for the funeral of federalism. He has already chosen the dirge – it is called “The New Federalism”.

In a world which daily reveals the political depravity and economic bankruptcy that follows the centralised command of society, too many in the ALP still cling to the out-dated vision of “Wagon-wheel Australia” where everyone prostrates daily facing the billion dollar Parliamentary Palace in Canberra.

Australians have inherited two destructive dogmas from our convict and colonial past.

The first is that governments should enforce equality, irrespective of considerations of liberty, justice, or property.

The second is a fear of markets and of non-conformists and a naive belief that centralised regulation by politicians will achieve a better result than decentralised decisions by diverse market operators.
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