Tips and rumours

Jul 24, 2014

Tips and rumours

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From the Crikey grapevine, the latest tips and rumours …

Co-payments and the Cormack Foundation. While debate continues to simmer over the government’s GP co-payment plan, one tipster drew our attention to the idea's source. The original co-payment figure was $6, and it came from the Australian Centre for Health Research (ACHR), a small think tank set up by private health funds and hospitals. It turns out that like many think tanks, the ACHR is not all that far removed from the halls of power. The ACHR board is a who’s-who of head honchos from the private health sector, including Michael Walsh, chief executive of Cabrini Health in Melbourne. Cabrini Health’s chairman is Peter Matthey, who is the financial controller for the Cormack Foundation -- the Liberal Party’s biggest donor for many years. The Cormack Foundation’s influence on government policies has already been questioned this year, with Crikey revealing the foundation receives dividends from the big four banks, which lobbied the government successfully to repeal financial advice regulations.

Want some advice for free? The wise heads around the IPA and blog Catallaxy Files are champions of freedom -- sorry, champions of FREEDOM! -- but there are limits. Thus Catallaxy stalwart Professor Sinclair Davidson -- who advocates the rule of the free market from a comfortable publicly funded sinecure at the RMIT University Business School -- has recently authored a report for the Minerals Council of Australia, in which it is argued that anyone advocating divestment from coal companies by share portfolio holders should be liable under the Corporations Act. The logic? You're going to love this:

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4 thoughts on “Tips and rumours

  1. dirtysnowball

    They may be having a referendum on leaving the UK but the current plan is that an independent Scotland would remain a monarchy, so the Queen’s job up there is safe regardless of result.

  2. klewso

    When magic happens – “Everyone was in stitches”? I would have thought that a rather inappropriate mouthful?
    The sort of thing that would appeal to Abbott & Morrison, with their sense of humour?

  3. klewso

    IPA Fossil Fools Choir – all together now….
    “Here we go gathering nuts in “may”!”?

  4. Nevil Kingston-Brown

    The next paragraph of Sinclair’s report is even better. “The divestment campaign would amount to an unlawful secondary boycott if environmental activists were covered by those laws.” In other words “If this activity were illegal, it would be against the law!”

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