Manifestations

I’ve got quite a few events coming up, including a couple of possible TV appearances. The first will be on the SBS Insight program (a revival of the old Monday Conference format for those who remember it), which is on the topic of tax and public spending. It’s on Tuesday at 7:30 (here are some details).

I’m also doing an interview with Inside Business on Public-Private Partnerships, but I’m not sure if or when this will go to air. Finally, the Senate Committee of Inquiry into the FTA is running a roundtable on Wednesday, which I’ll be attending along with quite a few other participants in the debate.

7 thoughts on “Manifestations

  1. That just made me nostalgic for the original Monday Conference. It was my favourite program in my teens (I bet I’m the only person in the world who can still hum the theme music) and a tremendously formative influence. I suspect my opinions on almost everything – euthanasia, abortion, women’s rights, IQ tests, homosexuality, the arms race, apartheid, foreign aid, the Constitution – were forged on those Monday nights twenty-five years ago.

    And the format was good. Normally two guests debated, and then took questions from the floor. That way each side had time to mount a coherent case, but a range of other views could be heard. And the drama was never interrupted by Peter Martin’s Public Finance for Kindies lessons.

    Insight has tried several formats, but tonight’s didn’t allow for much more than sound bites. The issues got muddy fast and stayed that way. I would have put Quiggin, Saunders and maybe Warren on the dais, with Cox, Katter and other opinion mongers on the floor, permitted one comment each. The issues would have been kept separate, especially those of government provision of services on the one hand, and government funding of services on the other.

    Notwithstanding all this, it was a treat to see that John Stone is still the warm, generous and loveable fellow he always was.

  2. I watched John Stone with morbid fascination – here’s the man who presided over the late 70s – early 80s dismantling of the social wage. A scary, Easter-Islandish visage. Mad Bob Katter made good TV as well. It was good to see that Stone and Katter both lost their temper towards the end and that even the Evil Peter Saunders, that smooth operator, was getting shrill; I hope it’s a sign that they feel their sense of control slipping as the zeitgeist moves to a more humane idea of the public good; I felt uncharacteristically optimistic!
    Unfortunately JQ didn’t get too much of a hearing and Mad Bob and John Stone were allowed to run on at great length. So was Eva Cox, although she was less bilious than those too and made an effort to engage and amuse the audience rather than go red in the face and bluster (Katter, please note!) Susan Ryan was another good and lucid speaker who I’d like to hear more from.

  3. “Those too” should read “Those TWO”– OMG WTF LOL, I’m turning into one of those mis-spelling internet forum types.

  4. I was amazed when Eva Cox said it would good if all the wealthy people left.

    You’re an economist John, what would you see as effect of this?

  5. It was a JOKE, Joyce. Just came out a bit lame. You know, like calling yourself “Mike Hunt”, snork, snork, snork.

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