Monday, 9 March 2015

How the government spent our boom

In How the Budget was mugged (Treasury publishes the photo) Peter Davidson has a great graph, taken from a speech by the Treasury Secretary John Fraser, showing the impact of our unexpected revenue windfalls, spending decisions and tax cuts on the federal budget:
The following chart, included in his slides, shows how the windfall revenue gains from the boom between 2002 to 2008 (grey bars, circled by me) were spent (green, blue and red bars).


Basically much of the boom was spent on personal income tax cuts and public support for people who didn't need it (via mechanisms such as superannuation tax breaks and the Seniors Supplement).

A brief history of tax

Peter Davidson has prepared a brief history of tax:

A brief history of tax: Part 1 Income tax, the great leveller
A brief history of tax, Part 2: Clash of the titans
A brief history of tax (Part 3): the trojan horse

Performance reviews aren't performing

In Performance reviews: Get rid of them Samuel Culbert argues that we might be better off without them.

What's now good to eat

In Why you should never eat a bacon sandwich: what you can - and can't - eat Anna van Praagh document some of the latest thinking on what's good and not good to eat.

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Chocolate Yogurt Mini Cheesecakes recipe

Dani Spies' Chocolate Yogurt Mini Cheesecakes.


Raspberry Ice Cream

Dani Spies' Raspberry Ice Cream.


Freezing bananas

Dani Spies shows How-To Freeze Bananas.

Make your own vegetable stock

Dani Spies shows How-To Make Veggie Stock.


Sweet Potato Chips

Dani Spies' Baked Sweet Potato Fries.


Mint Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream (with spinach)

Dani Spies' Clean Eating Mint Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream.


Banana Ice Cream

Dani Spies' Clean Eating Banana Ice Cream.


Strawberry spinach salad

Dani Spies' Clean Eating Strawberry Spinach Salad.


Making pickles

Dani Spies shows how to make pickle cucumber.


Dani's Basic Vinaigrette

Dani's Basic Vinaigrette.


Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe

Dani Spies has a Gluten Free Chocolate Chunk Cookies recipe.


Chocolate Mug Cake recipe

Dani Spies has a Chocolate Mug Cake recipe.