The John Hyde Archives

Historic archive of articles and newspaper columns written by former Australian politician John Hyde.

1986

Superannuation

Taxation  Superannuation 

  • Compulsory superannuation is a tax pledged to investment.
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Taxis

Protectionism  Regulation  Cronyism 

  • Taxi deregulation is the same as any other product or service regulation. There will be winners and losers, but everyone should benefit in the long term.
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A New Political Party?

Politics  Leadership 

  • Good political leadership is not the practice of defying public opinion but the art of changing of it.
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Privatisation

Competition  Regulation 

  • The main purpose of privatisation is increased productivity not obtaining the highest selling price for the underlying asset.
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Privatisation II

Property Rights  Competition 

  • There no substitute for care of a private owner over public ownership.
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Dumping

Protectionism  Competition 

  • Any Australian produced good that is dumped on the Australian market benefits Australians.
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Written on Turning Fifty

Fiscal Policy 

  • The reliance on credit by the current generation will cause future generations to be in debt.
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Parliamentary Reform

Politics 

  • Parliamentary privilege is being abused by politicians that slander each other instead of debating the merits of each bill.
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The Real IR Debate

Protectionism  Industrial Relations  Business  Individual Rights 

  • Being able to opt out of a wage award allows the parties to come to an agreement rather than having something forced upon them.
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Recovery Alone Was Not Enough

Industrial Relations  Business  Individual Rights 

  • To reduced unemployment, we need to free labour and capital from government and the unions.
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Sir Hal Colebatch

Politics  Fiscal Policy  Protectionism 

  • He stood against: 1) protectionism, 2) excessive borrowing and 3) legislation that compelled price controls.
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A Voice from The Wilderness

Economics  Regulation 

  • The failure to understand opportunity cost has resulted in needlessly expensive environmental protection.
  • It is not possible to regulate demand and when bureaucrats fail to control human behaviour, they blame economists for the mess.
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How Did We Get into This Mess?

Protectionism  Politics 

  • Voters defend privileges. The only way to prevent a slide into to Banana Republicanism is for voters to recognise that it is improper to have privileges.
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The Coming Year

Economics 

  • Australia has more artificial barriers to high productivity than almost any other nation, in order for the economy to recover with minimal pain we need to have wholesale improvement in productivity and abolish the barriers.
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Interest Rates

Interest Rates  Politics  Monetary Policy 

  • It is impossible for the control the supply and price of money, by trying to control the price, the government lost control of the quantity.
  • Paul Keating has been a stricter adherent of monetary policy than Malcolm Fraser.
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