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The Dark Lord of Queensland politics is …

September 16th, 2012

Me! At least according to Shadow Treasurer, Curtis Pitt, who observes, of Queensland Treasurer, Tim Nicholls:

there is one name the Treasurer won’t dare speak—the Treasurer’s own Lord Voldemort Professor John Quiggin. He does not want to draw attention to the analysis by the Federation Fellow, because it is a truly independent analysis—one which puts a sword to the Costello audit.

Seriously, I do seem to have this effect on Treasurers. Nicholls’ predecessor, Andrew Fraser was equally unwilling to speak my name or face me in debate. And Peter Costello, admittedly an ex-Treasurer, but one who held the position for twelve years, declined to respond to my critique.

A slightly longer extract:

The simple fact is that, despite hiring Peter Costello, this government has been unable to find a black hole. And you need not take my word on this. At least three professors have completely discredited the Costello audit, this budget and the LNP’s political strategy. Only on Wednesday night on Lateline a Professor Clive F Palmer[1] launched an attack on the budget and the Premier. And today Professor Palmer said that the Treasurer’s budget was ‘worse than Labor could manage in 10 years’. I have already heard the Treasurer ridicule and berate Professor Bob Walker, but he is ominously quiet about one other.

Just like Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, there is one name the Treasurer won’t dare speak—the Treasurer’s own Lord Voldemort Professor John Quiggin. He does not want to draw attention to the analysis by the Federation Fellow, because it is a truly independent analysis—one which puts a sword to the Costello audit. The Quiggin analysis largely supports what the opposition has been saying for some time. I will quote from it directly—

The Commission has not discovered any ‘black holes’ or substantial mis-statements in the budget estimates of the outgoing Labor government.

fn1. Note from JQ: Pitt is having a bit of fun here. According to Wikipedia, “In June 2002, Palmer was appointed Adjunct Professor of Business, at Deakin University’s Faculty of Business and Law, a role he held until 2006. ”

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  1. Edumak8
    September 16th, 2012 at 14:43 | #1

    Any discussion or debate may be somewhat limited as according to Twitter images Treasurer Tim Nicholls frequently utters: Durka Duh! in response to questions. Worth a look if you haven’t seen them. :-)

  2. Tapen Sinha
    September 16th, 2012 at 15:00 | #2

    That is hilarious, John! Don’t go around casting spells on their naughty bits.

    Tapen

  3. mr bythismuch
    September 16th, 2012 at 16:42 | #3

    first there were zombies, now dark lords……..

    the next piece of advice will be prior to giving any economic advice is to state “Klaatu Barada Nikto”

    (with apologies to Bruce Campbell who is known for fighting the undead rather than economic advice)

  4. Mr T
    September 16th, 2012 at 16:54 | #4

    Love the self portrait.

  5. Freelander
    September 16th, 2012 at 17:33 | #5

    “Dark Lord for Productivity Commission Chair?”

    Imagine the mischief possible!

    Mr Blanks is leaving a clean slate, unmarred by achievement, and therefore, like the vampire, leaving no shadow.:

    Please save us, and refute the claim that career bureaucrats have inherited the earth. Save those few economists now left hissing in the belly of the beast!

  6. Freelander
    September 16th, 2012 at 17:35 | #6

    Hiding not hissing. Those left hissing are already done for.

  7. Hal9000
    September 16th, 2012 at 18:46 | #7

    As I recall it, Voldemort had a number of clones hidden in various everyday objects, just in case… I do hope you have a similarly robust backup, Prof Q. This lot is not beyond exercising their powers, a la the Orr case in Tasmania, of legislative intervention in the U of Q to silence eloquent critics.

    I believe the member for Mulgrave and shadow treasurer spells his name Pitt, btw, i.e. without the ‘s’.

  8. Fran Barlow
    September 16th, 2012 at 19:07 | #8

    But can you converse with snakes or serpents? I see no evidence that Newman or the Audit Commission understand you so I’d say you’re acquitted of being a parselmouth. Then again, you do seem to understand them …

    ;-)

  9. Freelander
    September 16th, 2012 at 19:37 | #9

    Now in news of the real dark lords or at least the wannabe dark lords…

    http://www.myheritage.org/news/heritage-president-honored-by-czech-president/

    Yes. Those Mont Pelerin hippies had an orgy, a back-slapping self-congratulatory love-in or is that fest(or).

  10. Edumak8
    September 16th, 2012 at 20:23 | #10

    Newman stated, with glee I must added, on 612 (think it was with Steve Austin in August) prior to the Budget: “And guess what? The debt will still be $85B”… despite everything we’ve done. It makes one question why, if the debt/deficit is exactly as Labor had predicted in their papers before the state election why the Newman slash & burn was necessary – except to feed personal ideologies which include breaking unions…and to pay for LNP’s unfunded and under-funded promises. No trust. No respect. Please may we go back in time using a Potter spell and have the state election over???? I believe in magic. :-)

  11. Freelander
    September 16th, 2012 at 20:31 | #11

    The Heritage symbol presumably the liberty bell is interestingly blemish free. No crack. The famous crack airbrushed out. The airbrushing clearly a symbol of the airbrushed American history. The US a country with no need of a Windspittle. A country with freedom of speech but where the exercise is quickly curtailed by the loss of liberty and life.

    Nothing silences those who speak out of turn on the battlefield of ideas like an RPG salute. At least in Putin’s Russia people are in no doubt where they stand, and people recognise heros when they see them. In the West well, you have a choice – laugh or cry. Or as most do. Ignore the big issues. Life I’d too short anyway without risking suffering the ever ubiquitous coincidence!

  12. Mel
    September 16th, 2012 at 21:47 | #12

    I like!

  13. Ikonoclast
    September 16th, 2012 at 23:39 | #13

    The reason that the named treasurers (or former treasurers) will not debate with Prof. J.Q. is simple. They are conscious, witting liars. They can lie through the media with impunity because they can fudge, bluster, bulldust and dodge in full knowledge that today’s journalists are a bunch of intellectual creampuffs.

    These politician-treasurers are not going to get into the intellectual ring with someone when they know that that someone can adroitly catch them out in all sorts of factual and analytical errors. People who make their living by being professional liars, like these politicians, are very clever at picking their marks. They never debate with someone who can expose their lies.

  14. Freelander
    September 17th, 2012 at 00:47 | #14

    They are such intellectual pigmies that a head shot could be delivered by twitching one’s kneecaps.

  15. Freelander
    September 17th, 2012 at 00:59 | #15

    @Mr T

    Wow! A visit by a 1980s Oscar Wilde (or is that Oscar Meyer?) level wit.

  16. Freelander
    September 17th, 2012 at 01:04 | #16

    Mr T :
    Love the self portrait.

    @Mr T

    “I pity the fool!”, self-referential.

  17. Freelander
    September 17th, 2012 at 01:53 | #17

    The Dark Law Lords of American Justice (oxymoron anyone?) are at it again. Apple couldn’t possibly have infringed Samsung’s patents. Reason. Apple is an American company. And Samsung? Well, Samsung? Samsung’s not!

    http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2012-09-14/apple-wins-ruling-in-case-brought-by-samsung-at-trade-agency.html

    Can’t argue with logic! Or the home court advantage!!!

  18. John Coochey
    September 17th, 2012 at 09:00 | #18

    Perhaps his attitude is towards you is the same as that you proclaim against Christopher Monkton>

  19. John Quiggin
    September 17th, 2012 at 10:15 | #19

    @John Coochey

    You seem to be a bit confused. As with the Treasurers mentioned above, Monckton was unwilling to debate me (more precisely, the Brisbane Institute, who were hosting him, withdrew my invitation and failed to notify me of the fact.

    http://johnquiggin.com/2010/01/12/a-surprise-invitation/

  20. Freelander
    September 17th, 2012 at 10:30 | #20

    Confusion and false equivalence congenital defects of the climate change denier. Seems the world will never suffer a fools drought.

  21. Freelander
    September 17th, 2012 at 21:40 | #21

    On the dark lords meme, deniers are getting done over by a devious duo nature and reality, both with an apparent liberal or, indeed, socialist, bias.

    Yes poor climate change deniers, the duo are huddled together conspiring to create yet more embarrasing facts, an ever burgeoning body of embarrasing facts.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2012/sep/14/arctic-sea-ice-smallest-extent

    The records continue to be crushed like the once inviolate ice that used to spread so far.

  22. Jim
    September 18th, 2012 at 09:27 | #22

    John

    The only way for you to get an opportunity to debate the Treasurer on his deficiencies in thought (and presumably deficiencies in Treasury) will be if you are in a cunning disguise.

    Time to grow the beard back…..

  23. Gaz
    September 18th, 2012 at 14:07 | #23

    Is it just me, or does that picture look like Darren Lockyer?

  24. Freelander
    September 18th, 2012 at 21:06 | #24

    fn1. Note from JQ: Pitt is having a bit of fun here. According to Wikipedia, “In June 2002, Palmer was appointed Adjunct Professor of Business, at Deakin University’s Faculty of Business and Law, a role he held until 2006.”

    You mean these politically appointed adjunct professors are not the real deal? Not the full equivalent of full professors who got there the easy way, on merit?

    Next you will suggest that all these hard one, politically awarded honory degrees, including the ubiquitous honorary PhD,honoryist of all, are not the equivalent of the traditional path degrees?

  25. Freelander
    September 18th, 2012 at 21:09 | #25

    Well I know where to come for my daily dose of heresy.

  26. Ron E Joggles
    September 18th, 2012 at 21:50 | #26

    As a dad who’s read Harry Potter ad nauseum to my daughters, I think JQ is rather more like Xenophilius Lovegood, the eccentric, derided but prescient publisher. But what I’ve been wondering for a while is – who is Australia’s Dolores Umbridge? Sophie Mirabella?

  27. Freelander
    September 23rd, 2012 at 15:31 | #27

    On the increasingly fake world, including that cloistered world of academia. …

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443816804578004570701056956.html?KEYWORDS=education

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