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."

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Stutchbury's contradictions...

He rabidly opposes any attempt to canvass financial services reform on the basis that this will result in re-regulation, but is happy to quote the Productivity Commission Chief's advocacy of the Campbell Committee inquiry as a model of good policy process. So what on earth is wrong with a Son of Wallis? Go figure:

"That's partly why the NBN has become so contentious. Banks argues good policy requires a thorough testing of the options. This is often best done through public reviews at arm's length from government, such as the late-70s Campbell committee review into financial deregulation and Hilmer's early 90s competition policy review."