The Dark Lord of Queensland politics is …

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. ”

27 thoughts on “The Dark Lord of Queensland politics is …

  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. 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)

  3. “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!

  4. 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’.

  5. 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 …

    😉

  6. 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. 🙂

  7. 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!

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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…..

  12. 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?

  13. 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?

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