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Bert KellyOne More Nail (Adelaide: Brolga Books, 1978), ch. 2, pp. 6-12.

My great-grandfather came out from the Isle of Man in 1838 and started farming at a little place called Cudlee Creek in the hills a few miles east of Adelaide. From there the family grew and spread all over South Australia, most of them being farmers. My grandfather, Robert, settled on the family farm “Merrindie” a 2200 acre property west of Tarlee in the 1860s and we have lived there ever since, except when sallying out to put the world right. The tendency to do this could be said to be a family failing.

My grandfather Robert started this practice. His brother, H.C. Kelly, who was by all accounts an outstanding person, was elected a Member of Parliament but was killed when his buggy horses bolted down a very steep hill. So Robert then stood and won the seat of Wooroora. However, he only held the seat for a short time as he transferred his activities from politics to administration. While still a Member he was appointed a member of the Pastoral Lands Royal Commission. Then, after he had ceased to be a Member of Parliament, he was appointed a member of the original Pastoral Board also.  His work entailed a great amount of travelling in horse and buggy all through the State. And it also entailed making nasty tough decisions about what should be the size of pastoral properties and these were not easy judgements to make when so little was known about the soil and rainfall. Evidently Robert was a competent adminstrator as he was in the job for 20 years.

My father, William Stanley Kelly, was born in 1884. He attended the tiny Merrindie school and later Prince Alfred College in Adelaide. He had the typical undistinguished Kelly school performance but he must have had an unusual hunger for knowledge, because, after returning to the farm he studied, by correspondence, university subjects under Professors Henderson and Mitchell. He did Psychology in 1907 which was the year Mitchell’s Structure and Growth of Mind was published. He managed to scrape through his exams in six successive years, one subject each year, which is no mean performance when running a farm and raising a family at the same time.

In 1909 my father married Ada May Dawson, whose father, Charles Dawson, came out from England to South Australia in 1838 and who was a station manager until he came to the inside country to farm at Mt Bryan. My mother was a very serious and studious person with a very stern sense of duty, but she had many endearing qualities also. One of these was the ability to read aloud and before the days of radio she used to hold the family spellbound on winter evenings, reading books like Treasure Island and more serious works.

In 1917, when the first war was reaping a grim harvest of the best of the young men in the country, my father left his wife and four children and went away as a private and joined the 48th battalion which had suffered very heavy casualties. He was seriously wounded at Villers Bretonneux in 1918 in March and was sent back to England for hospitalisation.

When the war ended he joined the education unit that was formed to give the Australian troops, who were awaiting return to Australia, some useful and interesting instruction. So he was made lieutenant, asked to write a simple text book called Beef, Mutton and Wool, and to do all kinds of interesting tasks. They were able to teach a lot of soldiers woolclassing and other farming skills. It was during this period in Britain that my father met F.L. McDougal, who was later prominent in the Australian civil service, particularly in the field of international trade negotiations and who was later responsible for my father being asked to join the Tariff Board.

My father returned to Australian in 1919 and quickly settled down to being a good farmer again and was made a member of the State Advisory Board of Agriculture and was soon showing up as a potential leader in the farming field. But then, out of the blue, in 1929 came an invitation to join the Tariff Board. He later found out that McDougal had been so impressed with my father’s ability to think clearly that he strongly recommended my father to the then Prime Minister, Mr Bruce, who was looking for a Tariff Board member with a rural background.

My father served on the Board all through the dark depression days when it took real courage not to recommend protection for industries that were not economic and efficient. In those days there were very few trained economists in Australia, but my father was particularly fortunate in striking up a firm friendship with Professor L.F. Giblin who had a great influence on him. And at about this time the authoritative enquiry into the Australian tariff headed by Professor Brigden was made public. This document still remains the most respected work in this field.

My father stayed in Melbourne on the Tariff Board until 1939. Because of the outbreak of war there was then little interest in the erection of tariff barriers to keep overseas goods from competing with Australian goods. The Germans were soon to demonstrate a great competence in doing this. There being little interest in the work of the Tariff Board, my father sought and obtained leave to go to Britain to see if he could do something to help the war effort. So my mother and he set off by sea at their own expense and stayed in Britain until 1942 doing all kinds of interesting things. He was a member of the Home Guard, his digging partner in the Cambridge vegetable allotment was the famous animal geneticist, Professor Hammond. He became the Australian representative on the International Wool Secretariat, he helped in the development of some rough land in the Brecklands in Norfolk. It was then that he got to know that remarkable man, Ian Clunies-Ross, who later headed the C.S.I.R.O. And it was then that he got to know and respect Professor Charles Martin whose work on myxomatosis on rabbits led the world. Both my mother and father were often in London during the bombing raids, so altogether their stay in Britain was full of interest and opportunity.

They returned to Australia in 1942 and my father came back to the farm so that I could go into the R.A.A.F. But he was almost immediately asked to go to Canberra to act as adviser on agricultural products to the Prices Commissioner, Professor Copland. He also served on the Meat Commission which had taken over from the Meat Board during the war. There was a nice little story told by Fred Brodie, the representative of one of the big meat companies at the farewell ceremony the Commission gave my father on his retirement. “There was a Kelly well known in Australian history who operated on the squatters,” Brodie said, “but the Kelly to whom we are saying goodbye today squats on the operators.” This comment was typical of the good humoured respect with which my father was held during those difficult days. It was far from an easy task to keep prices high enough to encourage increased production of some products and less of others. And even in war time, when you had the flame of patriotism to reinforce the edict of law, black markets abounded. The story was told of the two doctors during the way who were talking together about experiences in their practices while in the lounge of a hotel. One said to the other, “I have four cases of meningitis in my area,” when a chap sitting behind them who wasn’t supposed to be listening, tapped him on the shoulder and whispered behind his hand, “I’ll take the lot!”

My father also had a good deal to do with the end of the war. The lessons of the dangers that followed the erection of barriers to world trade were then all too clear. During these negotiations, and at other times also, there grew up a firm friendship between the then Prime Minister, Ben Chifley, and my father. The last time Chifley came to South Australia, he spent it with my father on Merrindie.

My parents stayed on in Canberra until 1948 when they came back to live on the farm, in the house that had been built for my grandfather Robert, but he had died before it was finished. My father’s next task was very interesting. There had been some exciting developments in the use of trace elements in the sandy soils of the Ninety Mile Desert area in South Australia. As a result of this the life assurance company, the A.M.P., decided to develop a large area of this country and then to sell it to selected settlers. They asked my father to chair the committee that had the general oversight of this scheme and this took up a lot of his time.

My father’s last official duty was to represent the rural industries on the Consultative Committee on Import Policy. This group was formed when the government felt that it had to introduce import licensing in order to safeguard our overseas funds in 1952. I know that my father did not enjoy this task as much as he did the others in his life, and towards the end of the Committee’s existence he became very concerned that import licensing was being used to give protection of a very high order and that would leave Australia with a lot of problem industries when import licensing was abandoned. This indeed turned out to be the case.

This brief summary of the history of my family would not be complete without the following story. One day I met my mother hurrying down to our house and I could see that she was upset about something. I jumped off my horse and anxiously asked what was troubling her. “It’s all your fault, I know you are behind this awful affair. You ought to be ashamed of yourself for causing all this embarrassment to your father and me.” “What on earth is the matter, mother?,” I wanted to know, so she told me to go and face my father’s wrath. So I hurried to my father to find out what devilment I had been up to. I found him sitting at his desk regarding a letter with deep suspicion, as if there were a snake about to bite him. I approached the offending epistle cautiously and this is what I read, in a letter written on the Governor-General’s paper:


Government House,
1st December, 1950.

Dear Sir,

I have the honour to inform you it has been ascertained that His Majesty The King would be graciously pleased to approve of your being created a Knight Bachelor.

I am, therefore, directed by His Excellency the Governor-General to request you to indicate to me by telegram whether such an honour would be acceptable to you. A prompt reply would be most helpful.

Then followed directions about how to advise acceptance or rejection. The letter was signed by M. L. Tyrrell, Official Secretary and Comptroller to the Governor-General.

After my father watched me read this he said, “I hope you have had nothing to do with this foolishness, my son, because, if you did, your mother is going to be very angry with you. You surely must see that for her to be called Lady Kelly would be the end of her. Perhaps you should see if we could get it changed to an O.B.E. or some lesser Order.” I scouted anxiously around but was smartly told that it was quite improper to even ask for such a favour. So my father wrote a little note to the good and great saying that he was sorry he could not accept such a high honour which he felt would be quite out of keeping with our modest way of life. My mother watched this process with anxious and suspicious eyes.

Then without any consultation between the State and Federal authorities, the State Government wrote to my father offering him an O.B.E. which he accepted with alacrity so everyone was satisfied, even my mother. But I always had a feeling that she was suspicious that there was some devilment somewhere. And really the coincidence was a bit thick when you come to think of it.

My father became very weak and and deaf and his voice, too, became almost inaudible before he died in 1969. I used to visit him at the nursing home as often as I could. Because he was so deaf and frail, we used to exchange information by writing everything down on a writing pad which he kept by him to read after I (and other visitors) had gone. Because I was Minister for Navy at the time I always had to be careful what I wrote on the pad because I was never certain who would be reading it besides my father. On one visit he wrote in his feeble, faltering hand, “How if Gorton going?” So I replied with two pages of carefully qualified praise. He read it through, raised his eyebrows, asked for the pencil and laboriously spelled out this perceptive comment: “He seems a bit tinny to me.”

He died at the same time as the collision between Melbourne and Evans.

(in order of appearance on
  1. Bert Kelly on his journalism
  2. Move for a body of Modest Members
  3. Modest Members Association
  4. Bert Kelly's Maiden Parliamentary Speech
  5. Government Intervention
  6. 1976 Monday Conference transcript featuring Bert Kelly
  7. Bert Kelly, Hayek and Mencken on the virtues of farmers
  8. Sound economics calls for quiet from government
  9. Petrol for Farmers
  10. Some Sacred Cows
  11. Experiences in Parliament
  12. Spending your Money
  13. Is Taxmania a politician fetish?
  14. How Bert Kelly repays a free feed
  15. Modest column #898
  16. Chicken-hearted feathered friends strange bedfellows on a feather bed?
  17. Who needs literary licence?
  18. A touch of Fred's anarchy
  19. Helping the farmers help themselves
  20. Standing on the shoulders of the downtrodden
  21. Supply and Demand
  22. Bert Kelly responds to claims he is arrogant and uncredentialed
  23. Politics: it's a very confusing business
  24. The best featherbeds run on rails
  25. Bert Kelly on Disaster Relief
  26. Bert Kelly Wants to Secede
  27. Blinded by their tears
  28. Anti-freedom pro-tobacco industry lobby harmed Australia
  29. Under Labor, is working hard foolish?
  30. An Idiot's Guide to Interventionism
  31. Is free priceless healthcare worthless?
  32. Can government kiss it better?
  33. Bert Kelly Destroys the Side Benefits Argument for Government
  34. Bert Kelly gets his head around big-headed bird-brained politics
  35. First Modest Member (Bert Kelly) AFR Column
  36. Second Modest Member (Bert Kelly) AFR Column
  37. Third Modest Member (Bert Kelly) AFR Column
  38. Fourth Modest Member (Bert Kelly) AFR Column
  39. Fifth Modest Member (Bert Kelly) AFR Column
  40. Sixth Modest Member (Bert Kelly) AFR Column
  41. Bert Kelly on the 2011 Budget and Australia's Pathetic Journalists and Politicians
  42. Bert Kelly, Bastard or Simple Sod?
  43. Liberal Backbencher Hits Govt. Over Import Restrictions
  44. Bert Kelly feels a dam coming on at each election
  45. Bert Kelly Enters Parliament
  46. Why take in one another's washing?
  47. Bert Kelly breaks the law, disrespects government and enjoys it
  48. Gillard's galley-powered waterskiing
  49. State Premiers are always asking for more taxing powers
  50. Can price control really work?
  51. Should we put up with socialism?
  52. We're quick to get sick of socialism
  53. Time the protection racket ended
  54. Can't pull the wool over Farmer Fred
  55. People not Politics
  56. Bert Kelly admits he should have had less faith in politicians
  57. The inspirational incentivising Dear Leader Gough Whitlam
  58. Labor: a girl who couldn't say no
  59. Why leading businessmen carry black briefcases
  60. Ludwig von Mises on page 3 of AFR
  61. Bert Kelly's empowering feminism
  62. Another shot at motor car madness
  63. Mavis wants the Modest Member to dedicate his book to her
  64. What if the whole country is swindled?
  65. Moss Cass: "Flood plains are for floods"
  66. A worm's eye view
  67. Eccles returns to haunt us
  68. How to grip a politician's ear
  69. It's hard to digest this economic cake
  70. Time to Butcher "Aussie Beef"
  71. Cold water on government-instigated irrigation schemes
  72. Hooray for Ord River Dam!
  73. Tariffs paid by exporters
  74. The problem of principles v popularity
  75. If you support State Quotas, where will your logic take you?
  76. Against guidance by government
  77. A socialist in Liberal clothing
  78. Never ask the government to help
  79. Don't listen to economists!
  80. Bert Kelly's revolutionary strategy
  81. Welfare state incentivises bludging and being thrown out of work
  82. It all sounds like bloody politics to Fred
  83. Mavis wants me to get in for my chop
  84. Whitlam's July 1973 25% tariff cut
  85. Bert Kelly on Import Quotas
  86. Good directions when government backseat driving, like reversing down wrong side of road
  87. Barriers to imports are barriers to exports
  88. "I was right" — but he's off to hospital ...
  89. Kicking the multinationals is too easy
  90. Bert Kelly reviews The War Diaries of Weary Dunlop
  91. Bert Kelly reviews We Were There
  92. Tariffs get the fork-tongue treatment
  93. Bert Kelly reduces government to its absurdities
  94. Politician sacrifices his ... honesty
  95. It's all a matter of principle
  96. Bert Kelly Destroys the Infant Industry Argument
  97. Bert Kelly Untangles Tariff Torment
  98. Bert Kelly resorts to prayer
  99. Eccles keeps our nose hard down on the tariff grindstone
  100. "Don't you believe in protecting us against imports from cheap labour countries?"
  101. Even if lucky, we needn't be stupid
  102. Great "freedom of choice" mystery
  103. Small government's growth problem
  104. I like my kind acts to get a mention in the press
  105. A Modest Member rakes the embers
  106. Tariffs Introduced
  107. More About Tariffs
  108. Sacred cow kicker into print
  109. Bert Kelly's 1984 two-article quote-collection on Aboriginal policies
  110. Modest Member must not give up
  111. Traditional Wheat Farming is Our Birthright and Heritage and Must be Protected!
  112. Tariff-cut nonsense lives on
  113. Bert Kelly brilliantly defends "theoretical academics"
  114. The high cost of protection
  115. Generosity creates problems
  116. The Society of Modest Members
  117. John Hyde's illogical, soft, complicated, unfocussed and unsuccessful attempt to communicate why he defends markets
  118. Modesty ablaze
  119. Case for ministers staying home
  120. The unusual self-evident simplicity of the Modest Members Society
  121. Animal lib the new scourge of the bush
  122. The Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Krill
  123. modest members society
  124. Repeal economic laws, force people to buy new cars and enforce tariffs against overseas tennis players
  125. Thoughts on how to kill dinosaurs
  126. Let's try the chill winds
  127. Taking the Right's road
  128. Bert Kelly: "I did not try often or hard enough"
  129. Bert Kelly "lacked ... guts and wisdom"
  130. A look at life without tariffs
  131. The Gospel according to Bert
  132. Tiny note on Bert Kelly's column in The Bulletin in 1985
  133. Why costs can't be guaranteed
  134. Hitting out with a halo
  135. Paying farmers not to grow crops will save on subsidies, revenge tariffs, etc
  136. "The Modest Farmer joins us" | "How The Modest Farmer came to be"
  137. Bert Kelly Destroys the Freeloading Justifies Government Argument
  138. Industrial Relations Club shovellers
  139. From Shann to Stone
  140. Government Intervention
    Government Interference
  141. A sojourn in the real world
  142. The tariff wind swings
  143. Bigger Cake = Bigger Slices
  144. Bert Kelly on the Political Process
  145. A charabanc called protection
  146. Taken for a ride - to nowhere
  147. Down hill, in circles, all the way
  148. Economic facts and figures are statistics who should speak out
  149. Any cons arguing small business bad but big government good?
  150. Relationships with the Liberal Party
  151. Tariffs = High Prices + World War
  152. Bert Kelly's Family History
  153. Bert Kelly's Pre-Parliament Life
  154. What the MP could say to the Bishop
  155. Why Bert Kelly was not even more publicly outspoken
  157. How to stand aside when it's time to be counted
  158. How the Modest Member went back to being a Modest Farmer
  159. My pearls of wisdom were dull beyond belief
  160. Bert Kelly on Political Football
  161. Undigested morsels in Fraser spew
  162. Bert Kelly on LSD
  163. Bert Kelly reflects on the Australian car industry in 1992
  164. Bert Kelly wants reprinted Shann's Economic History of Australia
  165. If tariffs are opposed here then why not there?
  166. The emperor has no textiles, clothing and footwear sense
  167. Ross Gittins Wins Bert Kelly Award
  168. Interesting 1964 Bert Kelly speech: he says he is not a free trader and that he supports protection!
  169. This is the wall the Right built
  170. Tariff Protection in Australia (1970)
  171. Has Santa socked it to car makers?
  172. Is the Budget a cargo cult?
  173. Will we end up subsidising one another?
  174. Keeping the bucket of worms alive
  175. Can we get off the stomach-churning head-spinning tariff merry-go-round?
  176. Do we want our money to fly?
  177. Can a bear be sure of a feed?
  178. How to impress your MP -
    ambush him
  179. The time for being nice to our MPs has gone ...
  180. Don't feel sorry for him -
    hang on to his ear
  181. Trade wars can easily end up on a battlefield
  182. Tariffs Create Unemployment
  183. Bert Kelly recommends Ayn Rand
  184. Bert Kelly on Alf Rattigan's Industry Assistance: The Inside Story
  185. Bert Kelly's Satirical Prophecy: Minister for Meteorology (tick) and High Protectionist Policies to Result in War Yet Again (?)
  186. Bert Kelly in 1972 on Foreign Ownership of Australian Farmland and Warren Truss, Barnaby Joyce and Bill Heffernan in 2012
  187. Bert Kelly baits Welfare State Tiger
  188. Why does Govt wear two faces?
  189. Parliament a place for pragmatists
  190. Of Sugar Wells and Think-Tanks
  191. Bert Kelly: "I must take some of the blame"
  192. Bert Kelly on dumping duties
  193. The Govt's helping hand often hurts
  194. Unbuckling the hobbles on the motor industry
  195. A Modest Farmer looks at the Problems of Structural Change
  196. Government Fails Spectacularly
  197. Know your proper place if you want the quiet life
  198. Bert Kelly on political speech writers
  199. Having your cake and eating it
  200. Perish the thawed!
  201. Hooray for Northern Development!
  202. Politicians can resist everything except pressure
  203. The silly image of our MPs
  204. Bert Kelly Question Time highlights
  205. Modest Farmer sees his ideas take hold
  206. Should facts stand in the way of a good story?
  207. Fondling one another's glass haloes
  208. What is the sense in making the effort to look after yourself?
  209. Fred's Feeling: Counterpatriotic country contrarian
  210. Handouts for big boys only
  211. Mavis trying to buy a hand loom
  212. Bad news for bearers of bad news
  213. Is it time to get aboard the tariff band-waggon?
  214. Why farmers resent tariff protection for motor makers
  215. A sordid use of scare tactics
  216. Goods vs services
  217. Tariffs are hilariously counterproductive
  218. The dilemmas of Aboriginal Affairs
  219. Bert Kelly on decentralisation
  220. Inflation breeds moral decay
  221. Who envies equality?
  222. Growth – malignant or benign?
  223. Government wiser than Magna Carta
  224. Bert Kelly on looking to politicians for moral leadership
  225. Max Newton: Maverick in Exile
  226. Whitlam & co on the Dismissal
  227. 25% Tariff Cut
  228. Bert Kelly on pensions
  229. The backseat drivers of the Pilbara
  230. Mr Clunies-Ross of the Cocos Islands should rule Australia
  231. They get the wind up when it changes
  232. Why the Big Green Lie survives
  233. Ross McLean in 1982: "Malcolm! Why don't we try good government? It might be popular."
  234. Bert Kelly on the importance of exchange rate movements
  235. Bert Kelly shows how to attack
  236. Bert Kelly vs Bert Kelly vs Bert Kelly
  237. Industrial relations dinosaur, Bruce, chews his cud
  238. Hooray for "firmly entrenched"!
  239. Respect your dinosaurs
  240. What if something is "deeply ingrained" yet harmful?
  241. A case for ministerial inertia
  242. Why politicians don't like the truth
  243. Our great open spaces
  244. Ominous dark clouds are gathering
  245. Better to be popular than right
  246. Crying in the wilderness
  247. Ivory tower needs thumping
  248. Bert Kelly asks, "How can you believe in free enterprise and government intervention at the same time?"
  249. Politicians get undeserved praise, why not undeserved blame too?
  250. Feet in a bucket of champagne
  251. Rural Problems
  252. Health cover needs a $30 excess clause
  253. Unholy state of taxation
  254. Boring economics worth a smile
  255. The Libido for the Miserable
  256. Agricultural Development and Tariffs
  257. Fred's too poor to have principles
  258. Eccles Law of the constant wage share
  259. "He whom the gods would destroy ..."
  260. Low tariff torch burnt Eccles' fingers
  261. A cow of a car — with dual horns
  262. Tariffs: when to wean infant BHP?
  263. Keep any government as far as possible from farming
  264. The Playford charade is out of date
  265. Bert Kelly: the odd man out who's now in
  266. Dries must resist giving up struggle as going gets tough
  267. How a well meaning Government can be so stupid
  268. The icing on the economic cake
  269. Sir Roderick Carnegie's foreword to Bert Kelly's Economics Made Easy
  270. The Vale of Popularity and the Protection Procession
  271. Politics 101: Pay Lip Service to Capitalism and Shoot the Messenger
  272. Bert Kelly makes politicians eat their own words on tariffs, then says, "We cannot be blamed for treating the statements of our statesmen with cynical contempt"
  273. Bert Kelly on Free Enterprise
  274. Cartoons of protected industry, the welfare teat and the nanny state
  275. Bert Kelly on the theory of constant shares and the Fabian Society
  276. Bert Kelly vs Doug Anthony
  277. You're lucky if you escape being helped by government
  278. Bert Kelly on Small Farmers
  279. Bert Kelly on Apathy
  280. Bert Kelly in 1967 on "problems of government and things like that"
  281. The last "Dave's Diary"
  282. Bert Kelly vs The Australian on tariffs in 1977
  283. Bounties or Tariffs, Someone Pays
  284. Geriatric companies without a minder
  285. A free marketeer wary of free trade
  286. Nixon's puzzling profession of faith
  287. "Ford ... seems to spend more time bending its knees than its back"
  288. Clyde Cameron's weak ways with wise words
  289. Why flaunt what others flout?
  290. Bert Kelly yearns for Tim Flannery's powers of prediction
  291. Looking after yourself is silly
  292. Bert Kelly masterpiece on drought, fire, flood and other natural disaster relief schemes
  293. Government can take credit for our car industry mess
  294. Car makers want the 4wd driven deeper into tariff bog
  295. Why our MP is no longer prone to a good sob story
  296. Auto industry is in a straitjacket
  297. Bert Kelly on market predictions
  298. Why should dryland farmers subsidise irrigation farmers?
  299. How much should government decrease incentive for independence from government?
  300. Clarkson crowned Deputy Government Whip
  301. Bert Kelly to blame for soaring government healthcare costs
  302. 1959 return of Dave's Diary
  303. Bert Kelly in 1966 on developing northern Australia
  304. Successful government intervention can [sic] occur
  305. Vernon Report upholds Clarkson
  306. Quiet Man Makes An Impact
  307. Should it be compulsory to buy footwear and clothing?
  308. To save Australian clothing industry women must all wear same uniform
  309. Don't confuse plucking heart strings with plucking harp strings
  310. Speech only for public
  311. Catchy Tariff Circus Extravaganza
  312. Bert Kelly in 1985 on cars yet again
  313. Hurrah for the Gang of Five
  314. Thoughts on a verse about Balfour
  315. Bert Kelly pep talk to politicians
  316. Government intervention = Agony postponed but death brought nearer
  317. Recipe for disaster: Freeze!
  318. Recipe for government intervention: Gather winners and scatter losers
  319. Recipe for industry destruction: Blanket market signals
  320. Mavis writes!
  321. Bert Kelly's empiricism is not kneejerk reaction kind
  322. The $2,000 song of the shirt worker
  323. Subsiding only small farmers means subsiding the big banks
  324. Difficult to be fast on your feet when you've got your ear to the ground
  325. It would surprise people to see how sensible MPs behave if they think they are not being watched
  326. Bert Kelly on "this land of limitless resources" and "great open spaces"
  327. Growing bananas at the South Pole
  328. Car components tariff protection under fire
  329. Why carry a $300m car subsidy?
  330. Tariff feather beds for the foreign giants
  331. Bert Kelly says end compulsory voting to stop donkey vote
  332. Perhaps being smart and insured isn't all luck
  333. You gets your tariff, you pays a price
  334. More funds to train Olympians?
  335. Fire in their guts and wind in ours
  336. Should free universal healthcare include pets?
  337. Sound advice from a modest farmer
  338. A tottering monument to intervention
  339. Cunning meets wisdom
  340. Competition, Aussie-style: Who's the bigger parasite?
  341. Australians are proud patriotic parasites, says Bert Kelly
  342. Taxpayer-funded sport is cheating
  343. Being loved by all is not always a good thing
  344. Welfare State Destroys Society
  345. 1980 Bert Kelly feather bed series
  346. The White Mice Marketing Board
  347. Government intervention and advice can be harmful, even when right, even for those it tries to help
  348. One small step on the compulsory voting landmine
  349. The free & compulsory education sacred cows have no clothes
  350. Holding a loaded wallet to an economist's head
  351. Political No Man's Land
  352. Only blind greed demands both equality and prosperity
  353. A cow that sucks itself — that's us!
  354. Nip the bud of incentive; mock community spirit into submission
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