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, September 26, 2011

Don Stammer on Australia's unique Productivity Commission

A useful point:

"[T]hrough thick and thin we have had the productivity commission. We wouldn’t have got as far as we have got without our productivity commission. When you visit countries like Japan, China, the United States, there's nothing like our productivity commission for taking an assessment and getting things through to the public, so we have still got some things going for us. Probably, though, we will need a period of adversity to make another round of reforms."