Entries by The Meddler

Why you shouldn’t panic about coronavirus

Have you seen the movie Contagion? I don’t intend to add to the hype and hysteria surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, but I think we can all agree: that was one terrifying movie. I can’t be the only one who can see the similarities between the plot of that film and the situation that is evolving […]

Should Aussies be able to access their super sooner?

Backbench MPs in NSW have proposed an opt-out superannuation plan, in which those who earn less than $50,000 per year would have the option to access their super contributions as wages. It sounds good in theory: more money in your pocket each pay week to help manage the mortgage, pay the electricity bill, meet the […]

How to support dairy farmers when shopping for milk

Finally – some clarity around buying milk that is going to make it easier for us to shop with retailers that support the farmers. With many dairy farmers under increasing financial pressure, and some in danger of closing down due to the persistently low price of milk, the Queensland dairy farming industry is launching a […]

Taxpayers spend $4.5m trying to deport Tamil family

Nothing irks me quite as hard as wasted taxpayer money. Because in reality, that’s our money – it’s basically the Bank of the Taxpayers. It’s our income tax, our Medicare levies, our federal taxes that are funding every single choice our federal government makes when it comes to spending. So when a politician recklessly spends […]

“I spent half a work-week on my phone”

I did something this week that gave me a sober and altogether unpleasant reality check. I looked up my daily phone usage. And by God, I’m horrified. In just five business days, I’ve spent a whopping 20 hours on my phone, or an average of almost 4 hours per day. That’s half a work day, […]