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, February 19, 2011

One problem with the NBN is it's being pitched as an end itself

The NBN is but one possible means to an end: that is, better communication between residents of Australia. But most of the partisan debate in favor of the NBN dismisses the need to evaluate the efficacy of the NBN in the face of the many private and public-private alternatives by positioning the NBN as a must-have 'end' itself. It really is a shame that we did not have a comprehensive debate on solutions well in advance of committing to the very costly plan that has been imposed upon us.

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