The Ryan Independent

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Entries from May 31st, 2010

Does mining distort the economy? Electrician jobs in Queensland, May 31 2010

May 31st, 2010 · 1 Comment · Posts

Given the current furore over the super-profit tax, and claims by the miners that we risk the country’s economic well-being if a tax of this type is introduced, we should also ask what effects the mining industry imposes on the rest of the economy.  There are many ways this can be assessed.  The classic “Dutch [...]

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Ryan Independent will support Greens candidate Sandra Bayley

May 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Posts

As a university student in the 1970′s I was given a slender volume written by the UC Berkely economic historian Carlo Cippolla, Economic History of World Population (1962). No other book has ever changed my view of the world so much. In laying out the story of human life through the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions, [...]

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Why Michael Johnson should no longer be Ryan’s MP

May 19th, 2010 · No Comments · Posts

If this morning’s story in the Australian, “Liberal Michael Johnson sought $12m windfall with secret China deal” is correct, it will likely end his political career.  And rightly so, especially if any of  these alleged activities were undertaken on parliamentary time or using parliamentary office and electorate resources, as suggested in the story, since this [...]

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