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April 24th, 2010

Possum at Pollytics reports that Andrew Leigh, economist and blogger has won Labor preselection for the seat of Fraser. A great choice by the preselectors.

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  1. Freelander
    April 24th, 2010 at 20:19 | #1

    Excellent! If he wins the seat it will certainly be a move in the right (as in correct) direction.

  2. Peter Evans
    April 24th, 2010 at 21:01 | #2

    Yeah, it’s good isn’t it. Leigh will be in parliament for as long as he’s got some support in the federal machine. And the Brodtman win in neighboring Canberra at least kept that tenure-track hack from Plibersek’s office out (no offense to her – maybe one day she’ll be a good candidate, but not right now). It was a good day for the ALP.

  3. Alice
    April 24th, 2010 at 21:26 | #3

    Congrats due then.

    At least Andy has a half decent chance of suggesting what on earth is wrong with the econometric fractured fairy tales used by Treasuries.

    If you get in Andy – can you please look at the PPP models and tell me why Govts are overusing and abusing them? …apart from the reasoning written into governments own documents that goes like this…

    “across the globe PPPS are being used to provide many public services”

    …are we sheep?

  4. Canberran
    April 24th, 2010 at 23:02 | #4

    Of course Leigh will be elected to parliament. Just wondering if an MP from Canberra will have more or less policy influence than an econ professor of his prominence? In other words, why does he want to do this.

  5. paul walter
    April 25th, 2010 at 02:05 | #5

    It is indeed a concern when people acquainted with economics are dragged into politics.
    Look at Craig Emerson.

  6. wilful
    April 25th, 2010 at 09:30 | #6

    Reckon we’re looking at the Minister for Finance of 2020.

  7. Chris Warren
    April 25th, 2010 at 13:12 | #7


    At least Andy has a half decent chance of suggesting what on earth is wrong with the econometric fractured fairy tales used by Treasuries.

    We will have to wait and see. His publications are pretty much welfare-state Keynesian expressing concern for the increasing gap in incomes.

    I see it as a rerun of Langmore and in effect a ‘no change’ outcome.

    The Left was looking for a change – instead the traditional Fraser result held up.

  8. Andrew Leigh
    April 26th, 2010 at 14:27 | #8

    Thanks John- very kind. Will be looking to you to keep me safe from Zombies.

  9. April 26th, 2010 at 22:30 | #9

    Hey, that’s where I live! That said, as a swinging-voter-on-principle, I hate living in a safe seat (let alone a seat as safe as this one has been).

  10. Alice
    April 27th, 2010 at 07:07 | #10

    @Andrew Leigh

    Dear Andy – we have a hard enough time with zombies here in JQs blog but Im sure JQ will do his best. Nevertheless, zombies have a propensity to follow closely people who deal with the allocation of scarce resources….historically its always been the same. Comes with the territory. Stand tall young man. Look straight ahead over the tops of their heads and try to keep yours.

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