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Weekly email #6

June 27th, 2017

Here’s my latest weekly email. If you want to be added to the recipient list email me at [email protected]

Hi all
Welcome to my (almost) weekly email
I’m still focused very much on resisting the disastrous Adani project. Working with Morgan Brigg and Kristen Lyons of the Global Change Institute at UQ, I’ve contributed economic analysis to a report on the attempts by indigenous traditional owners to fight Adani’s proposals. We have a piece in The Conversation
https://theconversation.com/the-last-line-of-defence-indigenous-rights-and-adanis-land-deal-79561
summarising the report, which is here
http://earthjustice.org/sites/default/files/files/Unfinished-Business.pdf
I’ve just finished a couple of other reports, one on electricity pricing and one looking at ways the money that Adani wants to finance its rail project could be used to improve infrastructure for agriculture. Hopefully they will be out soon.
Tomorrow, (Wednesday) I’ll be in Melbourne talking to the Fabian Society on the title Where to from here? What’s the (new) ‘New Deal’? Details here http://www.fabians.org.au/autumn_series_3
A couple of recent media appearances: I was interviewed for this Guardian story looking at Turnbull’s failure on climate policy
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/planet-oz/2017/jun/21/ten-years-ago-turnbull-called-out-peter-garrett-on-climate-what-went-wrong
and Radio National’s Big Ideas just broadcast a recorded session of Politics in the Pub, on
Universal Basic Income: money for nothing? http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bigideas/universal-basic-income:-money-for-nothing/8642730
Recent blog posts
A new New Deal? http://johnquiggin.com/2017/06/25/a-new-new-deal/
Murray-Darling Plan Doomed to Fail http://johnquiggin.com/2017/06/26/murray-darling-plan-doomed-to-fail/
A Potemkin HQ? (Is Adani for real?) http://johnquiggin.com/2017/06/23/a-potemkin-hq/
Indigenous rights and the Adani Project http://johnquiggin.com/2017/06/22/indigenous-rights-and-the-adani-project/
Twitter feed https://twitter.com/JohnQuiggin

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  1. Greg McKenzie
    June 28th, 2017 at 09:10 | #1

    The economics of civil wars is taking up most of my mental exercise time. Looking at both Afghanistan and Syria, how do you even begin to rebuild to promote economic development? It reminds me of India in the 1970s. My professor of economic development, from the UNSW, would travel there a lot – to the border regions with Pakistan. Definitely, he was one for using the social development index method. But both Afghanistan and Syria, also Iraq in some ways, have the added complications involved with rebel military actions on social order. So how do you even start to plan in these civil war ravaged economies? Any ideas on this would be appreciated. Afghanistan has a larger resource rich mineral wealth potential, Syria has ( or had ) a highly educated human capital resource and Iraq has potentialialities for industrialisation. But they are not Spain in its post civil war era. A form of “Marshall Plan” may be needed. But who funds such a long term development plan? Maybe China as part of its “Silk Road II”? The devil is always in the detail.

  2. John Quiggin
    June 28th, 2017 at 16:23 | #2

    Good points. Civil wars, broadly defined, are one of the biggest obstacles to development, in my view.

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