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, July 1, 2011

McKibbin: Politicians should take salaries as shares in NBN if such good idea

You gotta love Professor Warwick McKibbin if only for his apparently unique ability to cut through a debate and speak the truth. As quoted by Peter Martin:

"The $50 billion national broadband network epitomised the sort of waste Australia could not afford.

“I would say to any politician who thinks that spending is worthwhile, take your salary as shares in NBNCo. If you think it’s a good investment, you’ll be ahead,” he said."

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