Nick Hossack

Results are in: don’t date Woke

14 June 2024 7:59 am

It was an odd choice of venue, but I accepted it, perhaps the invitation was meant ironically, a joke, something…

Julian Assange: when two contradictory things are both true

10 June 2024 2:30 am

This is my contribution to Alexandra Marshall’s challenge on Julian Assange… In the last year or so I’ve had a…

Are the new weight loss drugs headed for listing on the PBS?

5 June 2024 2:45 am

Ever since Covid, I’ve avoided making reference to the World Health Organisation (WHO) given how wrong it seemed to be…

How long before laughter is grounds for cancellation?

24 May 2024 9:33 am

Jerry Seinfeld is not just a practitioner of comedy, he’s become a philosopher of the profession and he’s arguing that…

Rigid principles can lead to manic delusion

15 May 2024 3:00 am

For years I’ve played this game with a good mate, that is, to see who can simplify their life the…

Forced divestiture is better than expanding regulation

19 April 2024 1:00 am

‘Muddying the waters’ is one of the cleverer and more effective tools deployed by public relations advisers. The method involves…

Health insurers experiment with nine-day fortnights

26 March 2024 10:21 am

It is reported that health insurer BUPA is ‘trialling’ a nine-day fortnight for its staff, meaning it is looking to…

Australian banks need to be making much bigger losses on their lending

18 March 2024 2:30 am

At a recent event I met and had a long chat with a retired economist who, in his professional career,…

The 30th anniversary of ABS gender pay gap data

7 March 2024 1:57 am

Gender pay gap activists have had an exciting few weeks, especially with the new statistics showing these gaps at the…

Should ANZ be allowed to buy Suncorp Bank?

1 March 2024 7:34 pm

As I’m writing this article, I have one eye on the ANZ share price. I’ve watched it drop more than…

Medicinal cannabis and government licensing

28 February 2024 3:00 am

One of the more insidious aspects of government involvement in commercial markets is the practice of supplier licensing. As entrepreneurs…

Take the lollies away: defund UNRWA

19 February 2024 3:00 am

A few weeks back, I observed a pretty sad scene down at the local shops. A mother was holding out…

Applying Javier Milei’s ideas to banking regulation in Australia

31 January 2024 2:30 am

There is a series of sentences in Javier Milei’s speech at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, which are…

The café owner and the public servant

25 January 2024 2:00 am

What I thought was going to be an irritation turned out to be a source of admiration. Even inspiration. At…

What happened to Labor’s two big election promises?

21 January 2024 2:00 am

The two most notable Labor promises before the May 2022 election involved ‘getting wages moving again’ and the promise to…

How to protect yourself against risk

15 January 2024 3:00 am

A formative incident for me happened when I was 25 while travelling through Turkey with a backpack. The British owner…

A splinter in life

9 January 2024 4:00 am

My feet had become so white and feminine that I committed myself to walk around barefoot as much as I…

King Charles vs Ayn Rand

3 January 2024 1:50 am

Is it only the political movement of Climate Change in which we need to be wary of King Charles III,…

A teetotal Parliament House?

30 December 2023 2:01 am

Christmas seems a good time to bring up alcohol. Having recently moved to Manly, I am now living near the…

Albanese government: highest taxing since 1959!

19 December 2023 12:15 am

What I’m about to say is probably not fair, but I’ll say it anyway. When working in party politics, you…

Is the RBA’s 2-3 per cent inflation target still being taken seriously?

12 December 2023 1:24 am

Promises need timeframes, otherwise they are just empty words. If your friend tells you they are doing a diet, you…

Does the ABS partner violence survey fall short?

28 November 2023 4:00 am

Since the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) released its publication on partner violence, the widely reported statistic is that one…

Wokeism complicates the raising of kids

20 September 2023 4:30 am

One of the dilemmas raising children in an era when Wokeism dominates every institution is whether to bluntly express your…

Affirmative consent: a seductive ‘maybe’ no longer means ‘yes’

21 August 2023 5:30 am

Warren Buffett once got into trouble with a joke that touched on the matter of sexual consent. He was lucky…

Sad times for the larrikin

13 August 2023 4:00 am

When Bob Hawke died, I received a phone call from an old family friend who jokingly reminded me to put…