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Piketty and the Australian exception (reposted from 2016 in response to the PC report in inequality)

August 30, 2018 - 16:41 -- Admin

In the light of the recent Productivity Commission report on inequality in Australia, I thought I would repost this piece from 2016. It’s not radically dissimilar in terms of its conclusions, but is, I think, more balanced than the “nothing to see here, move on” spin that’s characterized much of the coverage of the PC report.



August 27, 2018 - 09:37 -- Admin

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.

Our least significant PMs

August 24, 2018 - 20:47 -- Admin

My son Daniel pointed me a Facebook post starting from the fact that Gough Whitlam and Malcolm Turnbull served almost identical periods as PM, and comparing their achievements. Of course, there is nothing to compare.  I can’t find the post now (another reason to hate the displacement of blogs by Facebook and Twitter) but I thought I’d give my own prize for Australia’s least significant PM.

LNP not racist enough for Longman?

August 22, 2018 - 14:01 -- Admin

The Liberals’ disastrous result in the recent Longman by-election obviously played a major role in bringing an effective end to Malcolm Turnbull’s Prime Ministership. But the lesson drawn from the outcome by nearly all political pundits, and particularly those on the political right seems to me to be totally unfounded.

Turnbull’s last chance for greatness

August 21, 2018 - 16:58 -- Admin

Since he first entered the Australian political scene as a leading proponent of republicanism, Malcolm Turnbull’s career has been one long series of disappointments, which involved failing (more or less steadily) upwards.  Barring a miracle, his career is now effectively over. In the unlikely event that he survives as PM to the next election, he is assured of electoral defeat and subsequent oblivion.