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, November 22, 2010

Whitlam Institute on financial services reform

As the Director of the Whitlam Institute, Eric Sidoti, kindly notes in his Foreward to Dr Nicholas Gruen's thoughtful paper on financial services reform, which was published by the Institute today, on the 15th of July 2010 I gave a speech on this subject to the Institute's high-level symposium on ‘Delivering a 21st Century Economy for a Fair Australia’. In this respect, Sidoti comments, "Indeed, one speaker, Chris Joye, made a convincing case that reform of our financial system was at the very core of constructing a fair society." Due to various professional limitations, I was not able to accept Eric's offer to co-author the paper with Nicholas. I was nevertheless delighted to be able to provide him with input. It is an excellent effort and should be essential reading for those policymakers thinking about the area. You can download a copy here.