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John Lawrence
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Accountant, economist and public policy researcher.
Accountant, economist and public policy researcher.

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What do banks do? An accounting perspective
This paper was given to a
U3A Group. It's a look at settlement services and borrowing/lending practices.
It is not intended to be a blueprint, rather an accounting explanation of what
banks do and to question whether there's another way. The Royal Commissio...
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Progressives are their own worst enemies
Misunderstanding
our current problems is reaching epidemic proportions if one is to judge by Dr Michael Powell’s comments ( see here )on the new GST arrangements and the
wider more crucial issue of Federal budgetary difficulties. Just
to quickly address the...
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Budget buffer?
The
Treasurer is winning the post budget arguments because those who question his
mastery aren’t acquainting themselves with the true situation. The
Treasurer is setting the agenda. We have fixed the budget mess he claims. There
are surpluses as far as the ...
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Banks: Do we need them?
People who believe the good times
will soon return are harder to find these days. It’s not just the loss of trust
in our institutions and the political class but a more deep-seated scepticism
as to whether the suggested remedies will work. The laws of econo...
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The case for Basslink?
(Published in The Mercury on 20th April 2018. This blog includes additional endnotes.) With all the talk
about a second Basslink one would have expected to have a clear picture of the
costs and benefits of the first interconnector. Surely if you’re buying a...
The case for Basslink?
The case for Basslink?
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Forestry Tasmania and the RFA
The following was a background paper prepared as part of a series of articles on Regional Forest Agreements  by Gregg Borschmann published by The Guardian. An overview can be found  HERE . The
Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) signed in 1997, was su...
Forestry Tasmania and the RFA
Forestry Tasmania and the RFA
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A surplus of lies
Treasurer
Gutwein reckons even after factoring in all the promises made during the
election campaign there will still be surplus totalling $104 million over the
next four years. "The key thing here is that we
have arrived at a modest surplus to provide for ...
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Back in black?
One
of the Hodgman government’s claim that always seems to pass without challenge
is the proposition that the budget, being back in black is now able to
withstand more spending. The
almost universal view is that we now have the necessary cash buffer to be a...
Back in black?
Back in black?
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RSL pokie porkies
The
release of player loss figures for each individual pokie venue casts a huge
pall of doubt over the claims by the Glenorchy RSL that removal of pokies will
be the swan song for the Club and the end of life as we know it. The
Club’s haul for the 2015/16 y...
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Election odds
The
absence of any reliable polling during the current election campaign has left most
observers scratching their heads as to what is exactly happening in the minds
of voters. What
are the betting markets saying? Sportsbet
is currently taking bets on sevent...
Election odds
Election odds
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