Monday, February 26, 2018

Wilsons Word

Cyclone damage and climate change, price control flap, VAT vagaries and false advertising...

Wilsons Word

Traffic congestion, aggregate delays, bureaucratic backlogs and an insulting advert - the fun never stops.

A Pacific community will require policy change

Pacific governments welcome new openings on labour mobility and Australian security support, but on a range of other political and security issues, there are fundamental differences.

Wilsons Word

Time to join the real world...

Australia’s abdication of responsibility in the Pacific

It is no surprise that offers from China, dubious or worthwhile, are so potent.

Australian ambition and aspiration for a South Pacific community

It also argued that community creation isn’t merely Australia offering favours — it’s a core expression of Australia’s interests and history and strategic needs. There’s always lot in it for us.

Momentous global change needs strategic responses

But as payback time arrives, governments are struggling to service and repay the loans, with Vanuatu forced to lift its GST-style consumption tax from 12.5 per cent to 15 per cent from January 1.

What’s Wilson’s Word…

Income tax (yes, again); price control; Interpol; movie making, and the chance for a big jackpot!

Reward work, not wealth: Oxfam’s message

The 3.7 billion people who make up the poorest half of the world saw no increase in their wealth last year. Nothing. Zero.

Australia will need a bigger aid program

No country's aid should be used simply as a tool of transactional statecraft.