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."

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Senior RBA economist joins Liberal Party as Chief Economist

From Dow Jones:

"SYDNEY (Dow Jones)--The leader of Australia's main opposition party has appointed a senior official from the country's central bank as his chief economics adviser in a bid to enhance his financial credentials.

The initiative by Tony Abbott will bolster the Liberal Party whose economic policies have been widely criticised since being voted out of government in 2007...

To counter this, Andrew Stone has been named as chief economist to the Liberal Party leader and will leave the Reserve Bank of Australia where he is currently head of the bank's Prices, Wages & Labour Market section. He will take up the new role on March 15."