Financial Sustainability

How to avoid paying tax

After declaring a “budget emergency” during the election, one of Treasurer Joe Hockey’s first announcements was to increase the debt ceiling to $500 billion. Then, he announced the scrapping of $2.4 billion worth of revenue-increasing measures. In a household with… Read More ›

Big problems with big PPP

Public private partnerships (PPP) are not a new creation. It is reported that Queen Elizabeth I used a form of PPP, between the Crown and private naval syndicates, to invest heavily in her navy.  This investment helped reinforce England’s supremacy at sea…. Read More ›

Petrol at $2 per litre

Commodity prices have a significant, but often unnoticed, impact on the quality of people’s daily lives.  Commodity prices affect the price of almost all consumer goods, but no commodity has an impact so profound as the price of oil. Oil has become so… Read More ›

Corporate chemotherapy

Companies in distress turn to management consultants for help. In Australia, management consulting is an $8 billion industry that employs over 35,000 people (Ibisworld, 2013). Within the corporate world, it is accepted practice that help must come from ‘outside’. Yet outsiders… Read More ›

Toll road to ruin

Melbourne’s proposed East-West link road should not be built Even before the project is approved, the successful bidder to run Melbourne’s East-West link road may become the nation’s next toll road operator to go bust. The list of toll-road failures in Australia… Read More ›

A mother’s day card for Gina

Georgina “Gina” Rinehart is Australia’s richest person and one of the richest women in the world. Rinehart inherited wealth from her father, Western Australia’s iron-ore baron Lang Hancock. As a shrewd and astute business leader she has successfully grown her… Read More ›


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