Author: Keith Maggs

We missed the Funeral

RIP – A London Times Obituary Common Sense Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.  No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth…

The Ratchet Effect

  POLITICS: What to make of failure Let’s get the ratchet effect working for us One of the most powerful metaphors for the post-war political consensus was that Keith Joseph coined of a ratchet effect working in favour of the…

Increase the Aged Pension

The Aged Pension You have worked hard most if not all of your life; You have diligently payed taxes; and When you reach pension age you feel ‘cheated’. Cheated by your own government !!! How should you feel? We are…

Country of Origin Labeling

Current propositions put forward by politicians and bureaucrats to change Country of Origin Labelling still fail to provide true advice and choice to Australian consumers.  I suggest that a minimum level of identification should limit phrases such as ‘Produce/Product of…

Parliamentary Remuneration

Noses in trough

Parliamentary Remuneration It is time, before the 2014 elections, to bring some aspects of the remuneration of Victorian members of Parliament in line with today’s employment conditions.  Specifically two items need to be dealt with. Firstly, we need to deal…

Age Discrimination – Self Funded Retirees

Seeking support for a Branch Motion: Branch Motion:  Cost of living pressures are the cause of stress to many Victorians and we often hear that those on fixed incomes suffer more than most. Liberal values have always respected those in…

Private Education – The Swedish Model

 A Swedish firm has worked out how to make money running free schools Jun 12th 2008 | stockholm | from The ECONOMIST BIG-STATE, social-democratic Sweden seems an odd place to look for a free-market revolution. Yet that is what is…

Upgrading the Regional Rail Freight System

Victorian state transport policy needs to address in a definitive and positive manner the restoration of a viable rail freight infrastructure to move both our grain and wool crops to the ports of Portland, Geelong and eventually Westernport while at…