Monday, 26 September 2016


My youngest son has been watching the series on Menzies.

I was wondering whether they would talk about inflation hitting 35% under Menzies when we had the Korean war boom. No. what about Menzies probably losing both the 54 and 61 elections under fair electoral boundaires. any mention that it was Black Jack McEwen that was responsible for the Japan trade deal so if anything went pear-shaped he got the blame.

No mention of the protectionism of industry that made it a house of cards and when we were hit with an overseas shock it all came crumbling down. any mention of the Vernon committee that produced the finest report post WW2 ( and which Whitlam based his 69 and 72 campaigns. He actually had a lot of supply side reforms!)

What we got was yet another one sided or worse and ignorant view of the Menzies era,

He had a lot of luck but used it brilliantly. Just compare Shorten and his tactics now to Calwell after the 61 election.

Indeed read Daly's  memoirs on the era.entertaining reading. Evatt a genius and a mad. Calwell never having the strategic nous..

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Must reading for public policy wonks

If you love reading then Dianne Coyle's blog is a must read.

She has an absolute must read for reading if you are into public policy.


Monday, 19 September 2016

Around the Traps 23/9/16

It is time for Around the Traps again.

Aussie,Aussie,Aussie, Oy, Oy,Oy
Northern America





Andrew Gelman (mainly stats)
Genial Dave Giles (econometrics)
  • nutting not happy Dave!
Dianne Coyle (quirky + book reviews)

Vox wonk

Getting Old

I am feeling my age.

Last Thursday I went into hospital for my now once every two years colonoscopy Apart from the lack of food it isn't that bad.

However I got vertigo form a viral condition and combine this with nausea and I am feeling very weird at present. .When I walked to the doctor it was id I have been an all nighter.

At present I cannot do a thing.

Getting old sucks!

Thursday, 15 September 2016

Around the Traps 16/9/16

It is time for Around the Traps.

Northern America
Andrew Gelman ( mainly stats)
Genial Dave Giles (econometrics)
Dianne Coyle (quirky + book reviews)
Vox wonk

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

Baird runs into trouble

The most recent poll in NSW had the ALP and the government even steven. This would mean the government winning again but it still means quite a shift away from Baird since the last election.

As Julius Sumner Miller used to say Why is this so?

Well Baird has dome a lot of things and so it is not surprising some of these things has hit nerves.
Let us look at a few.

  • The Lock out laws.  ( if you are not up to speed then read the Callinan report released yesterday.) . This has proved quite popular. Amazing people do not like drunks hanging around after 2 a.m. in the morning despite cries it is bad for business.
  • Banning Greyhound racing . This has also proved popular. Most greyhounds are killed when it is  clear they cannot win races and they are trained by live baiting. Despite a huge campaign by shock jocks most people have no great love for greyhound racing!
  • Council mergers. It has always bemused me how state governments can change councils on any grounds and insist on mergers.This issue has hit hard. People are closer to local council of all Governments. The reasons put up by Baird appear spurious for mergers and I am very wary on the cricketing front re turf wickets,
  • The Selling of Poles and Wires. The rejection by Scott Morrison of the selling of Ausgrid proved very embarrassing. This needs to be sold for necessary infrastructure spending. No-one still has any idea of what is happening here.
  • Westconnex Homes have had to be resumed so westconnex could go ahead.Only inner city greenies object to this because they do not want wextconnex. .
In all of this we should also realise Luke Foley has come of age as an Opposition Leader and hit quite a few blows. He also has gained some talent ( only some) from the last election.

Given Baird is now persona no grata at 2GB will he learn the lessons of Carr with regard to these boofheads or not!!

Politics has suddenly become interesting in the state of NSW