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

Peter Reith joins Joel Fitzgibbon: put nuclear-powered subs back on the table

Peter Reith argues the case over at the ABC:

It was a mistake not to be prepared to consider every option for the subs. Until last weekend, any signs of another back flip (a la India) have been muted. At last someone within Labor has now recognised the folly of Labor's decision on submarines. Former Labor defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon said:

I now believe it was a mistake to rule out a nuclear option and we should have a discussion about every option which might deliver the capability we need in a timely and affordable manner.