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."

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Very nice words from Dr Andrew Leigh MP

We now have a smart cookie in parliament:

"But at this stage, I'm quietly confident that things will go the right way, and that Labor will be returned. Assuming that happens, I hope everyone here will take a moment to think about what your work and your votes really mean.

Because of you, and what you've done tonight, children will have better schools. Because of you, people outside the big cities will have access to health services previously unknown in their lifetime, services many of them would die without. Because of you, some of the world's poorest asylum seekers will be treated humanely according to international law, when they set out with a dream every Australian should understand, because it's the same dream they or their forebears had in coming to this great country: the dream of starting again. That's what this election means."