Some people choose to do things that they are not necessarily the best at, and then convince governments to protect them. Trade agreements are aimed at unwinding this protection.
Generational pressure is building and could become the driver of future political action.
Government payments should be focused on the well-being of children and not on preferential treatment for career women.
Most of the Budget cost of these exemptions does not go to the groups they supposedly are meant to support. It is sprayed increasingly up the income scale.
Now that investors smell a rat, workers are being lined up to foot the bill via their superannuation. But what of the economics?
The prime minister is concentrating on growth at the G20, but without equity, growth will lag.
Youth wages acknowledge age can be a relatively good proxy for gaining workforce skills and experience, discipline, maturity and attitude.
There are sound reasons to support greater school autonomy given that principals and local school communities are better placed to encourage value for money.
Right now, the pipeline system is nothing but a conduit for Russian gas into Europe. It could be much more.
Population growth has the potential to get us things we cannot obtain in other ways: better cultural goods and a more productive, more entrepreneurial culture. A larger nation has more mouths, but also more minds.
Anything that leads Australians to give less is a tragedy. The inexcusable actions of a few dodgy organisations are being allowed to undermine the fantastic work undertaken every day by the huge majority of Australian charities.
The new formula will also be directly applicable in the future: how will Australia rank after a full year of Coalition government? After three years? Beyond?