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."

Monday, December 20, 2010

RBA appoints first female Assistant Governor in history

Australia's central bank made history today, appointing its first female Assistant Governor. Congratulations to Michelle Bullock! I was punting on Luci Ellis, but she evidently has a few years to go yet. I am nevertheless confident that Luci will one day become an AG. I think I was the first person to draw attention to the fact that the RBA had never selected a female AG, and I hope that this advocacy helped remove any residual frictions that may have conspired to obstruct Michelle's path. The female lacuna at the top of the RBA was indeed a curiosity.