Scroll down to #10 for my favourite piece in this collection. The first 12 items are by Bert Kelly; the others are by the likes of John Singleton, John Hyde, Viv Forbes and Hans Tholstrup.

  1. Perhaps being smart and insured isn’t all luck — Bert Kelly, “The Droolings of Dave,” The Adelaide Stock and Station Journal, March 21, 1945, p. 7.
  2. How much should government decrease incentive for independence from government? — Bert Kelly, “Governments love to be popular!,” Adelaide Stock & Station Journal, August 24, 1966, p. 83.
  3. Bert Kelly on Apathy — Stock Journal, February 22, 1967, p. 35.
  4. Bert Kelly, “Will help for farmers get votes?,” The Australian Financial Review, May 14, 1971, p. 3. “He admits we sound well and often we mean well. The only trouble is that we don’t do well. His golden rule is, ‘Keep any government as far as possible from farming.'”
  5. Bert Kelly, “Helping the farmers help themselves,” The Australian Financial Review, February 25, 1972, p. 3. Reprinted in Economics Made Easy (Adelaide: Brolga Books, 1982), pp. 18-19, as “Droughts.” Excerpt: “If the Government comes in it will, in both fire and drought, help the wrong person in the wrong way in a great many cases. And it will certainly destroy the incentive of the farmer to help himself.”
  6. Moss Cass: “Flood plains are for floods” — Bert Kelly, “Dr Cass sets a dam(ned) precedent,” The Australian Financial Review, February 1, 1974, p. 3.
  7. Bert Kelly, “‘Calamity Jane’ role for Mavis,” The Australian Financial Review, February 22, 1974, p. 3. Reprinted in Economics Made Easy (Adelaide: Brolga Books, 1982), pp. 19-21, as “Disaster Relief.”
  8. Bert Kelly, “‘He whom the gods would destroy …’,” The Australian Financial Review, May 23, 1975, p. 3.
  9. Bert Kelly, “Looking after yourself is silly,” Country Life, June 16-22, 1976, p. 32.
  10. This one is a masterpiece: Bert Kelly, “Insure one, insure the lot,” Country Life, June 23-29, 1976, p. 40.
  11. WEATHER IS USUALLY UNUSUAL — Bert Kelly, “The mixture as before — in capitals …,” The Australian Financial Review, January 28, 1977, p. 3.
  12. Bert Kelly, “Generosity creates problems,” The Bulletin, May 1, 1984, p. 128. Excerpt: “One day during the drought I complained to Fred that Australia had a lousy climate. I expected that this statesmanlike utterance would be received with respect and admiration but Fred put me in my place by saying, ‘Yes, Bert, we do indeed have a lousy climate. And if we didn’t, the place would be lousy with farmers.'”
  13. Singo and Howard on Profits, Super Profits and Natural Disasters — John Singleton with Bob Howard, Rip Van Australia (Stanmore: Cassell Australia, 1977), pp. 204-08, under the heading “Profits.”
  14. First, do no farm — John Hyde, “The four simple rules for an astute farmer,” The Australian Financial Review, September 16, 1983, p. 13. Wow!
  15. Viv Forbes, “Magnifying National Disasters,” in Stuck on Red & Other Essays (First Published by “Business Queensland” and “Common Sense” in 1991), pp. 68-70.
  16. Hans Tholstrup, “The Flood of Claims,”, February 23, 2011. Australian legend Hans Tholstrup was eligible for government handouts because some of his farms were flood-affected, but he refused it. But as he said later: “Sadly, the fact that I did not take the 1000 dollar flood money means that I have to pay the extra 1.5% tax. So you can be punished for not taking government money.”