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."
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Michael L'Estrange calls for more defence spending, not less
In the future, more rather than less defence spending will be required, partly to fulfil our responsibilities in terms of self-reliant capabilities, partly to meet the increased expectations that the US will have of allies including Australia, and partly to broaden our capacity for enhanced regional defence co-operation arrangements.