The seventh in my (almost) weekly email series is over the fold.
Welcome back to my (almost) weekly email.
I’ve been working mostly on public investment and the failure of the private finance (PPP) model. I had a piece in yesterday’s Guardian,
with more to come, I hope, and also did an interview with a Canadian paper, the Globe and Mail. All this ties in to the question of how to respond to the Turnbull government’s Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility. While the rhetoric around the establishment of the fund is the worst kind of old-style developmentalism, and there’s a big risk it will be used as a conduit to subsidise the coal industry, it also opens up plenty of possibilities for innovative public funding.
In particular, there are opportunities to explore new models of development for indigenous people such as the Wangan & Jagalingou (W&J) who are currently fighting the Adani mine project
Along with others from the UQ Global Change Institute, I met Adrian Burragubba the W&J spokesman yesterday and hope to do more work helping to provide some economic analysis to support the struggle.
Recent blog posts
Expertise and punditry https://johnquiggin.com/2017/07/06/expertise-and-punditry/
Adani trouble on all fronts https://johnquiggin.com/2017/06/30/adani-trouble-on-all-fronts/
Governments are buying up where the market has failed. Is this the end of privatisation? https://johnquiggin.com/2017/07/05/governments-are-buying-up-where-the-market-has-failed-is-this-the-end-of-privatisation/
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