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Swan's big taxing, big spending budget "And this was supposed to be a tough budget. It is the opposite in fact: it is the budget of an unpopular Government approaching an election, not one that's tightening the belt. Wayne Swan hardly had to employ any smoke and mirrors at all." (Alan Kohler)
Austerity can't be just for regular people "When people talk about 'austerity,' they only ever talk about the pain the general population should voluntarily accept. No one ever says the financial services sector should have to cut back on its access to easy money." (Matt Taibbi)
Maurice Sendak wanted children to grow up a bit "The cliché about children's book writers is that they're sensitive, mewling types. The best, of course, from the Brothers Grimm through Roald Dahl and the brilliant Maurice Sendak, who died on Tuesday, have always been exactly the opposite. Their stuff is anarchic and verges on the nightmarish. These writers want children to take themselves seriously."