Oz Blog News Commentary

Articles from John Quiggin


September 25, 2023 - 05:42 -- Admin

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

To be clear, the sandpit is for regular commenters to pursue points that distract from regular discussion, including conspiracy-theoretic takes on the issues at hand. It’s not meant as a forum for visiting conspiracy theorists, or trolls posing as such.

Balance or both-sidesism

September 22, 2023 - 11:07 -- Admin

I just got an email from Matt Yglesias saying that he is leaving his Slow Boring Substack to take up a job at DecisionHQ. So, it’s time for me to have my final say on a dispute that has been going at a fairly slow pace.

Living in the 70s: why Australia’s dominant model of unemployment and inflation no longer works

September 21, 2023 - 12:56 -- Admin

I’m looking forward to the release of the government’s Employment White Paper with a mixture of hope and trepidation. The fact that the title was changed from the original “Full Employment” is not encouraging, nor is the general track record of this government. On the other hand, in setting the scene for the release, Treasurer Jim Chalmers has indicated that the government will commit itself to five main objectives

Europe’s Bradbury moment

September 15, 2023 - 14:27 -- Admin

One of the iconic moments in Australian sport occurred in at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Australians are strong in most summer sports, but we don’t have much in the way of a winter, so it was considered quite an achievement for Steven Bradbury to make the finals of the speed skating event. He was given little chance of winning, and was trailing the pack until the final seconds, when all four skaters ahead of him crashed spectacularly.