The author has been described by News Ltd as an "iconoclast", "Svengali", a pollie's "economist muse", and "pungently accurate". Fairfax says he is a "Renaissance man" and "one of Australia’s most respected analysts." Stephen Koukoulas concludes that he is "85% right", and "would make a great Opposition leader." Terry McCrann claims the author thinks "‘nuance’ is a trendy village in the south of France", but can be "scintillating" when he thinks "clearly". The ACTU reckons he’s "an enigma wrapped in a Bloomberg terminal, wrapped in some apparently well-honed abs."

Friday, May 28, 2010

If you only ever read two more articles on the polarising RSPT, read these--both bolters

Okay, we have two very good, and just as importantly, readable, articles on the RSPT today. In the red corner, arguing in the negative, is the always blunt, in-the-eyes-of-some, partisan, Henry Ergas. Writing for his stable rag, The Australian, Henry has submitted a creative overview of the RSPT, and some of its key pitfalls. In the blue corner, we have Professor Paul Frijters, arguing the positive case. Both these guys are smart. Paul is regarded as one of the brightest "young" economists in Australia alongside the ALP's once-was-a-professor Andrew Leigh. Paul provides up a similarly impressive summary of the merits of the RSPT. If you want a thorough intellectual feel for both sides of this debate, go no further.

[Oops, I just realised that you should also probably download Dr Nicholas Gruen's views, which he has kindly put on the record here. Nick is as sharp as they come. (I know, I am always full of complements.)]