LDP Slides

I spent the weekend in Canberra and Sunday at the LDP annual conference talking about tax policy. Several people expressed an interest in having a copy of my slides so please download them here. PowerPoint is somewhat controversial and many people loathe its use. I know Judith hates it and would like to see it banned in meetings. I have a lot of sympathy for that view. Some presenters do use PowerPoint as a tool to intimidate the audience (or, at least, try to). My approach to PowerPoint is entirely selfish – I don’t use it for the benefit of the audience, but rather for my benefit, so that I can remember what I’m saying and doing.

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13 Responses to LDP Slides

  1. Judith Sloan

    My real objection to PP, Sinc, is for meetings with small number of attendees making decisions and for whom papers have already been sent (and read, hopefully. There is real danger of spurious precision in such presentations.

    By contrast, large lectures with PP with graphs etc can be very useful although there is always a tendency to overclutter slides and to be too preachy.

    But don’t worry, Sinc, I do use PP as well.

  2. John Comnenus

    My suggestion to the Liberal party (ignored and not even a polite response sent) is ‘five taxes – three rates’. There should be no more than five taxes and there should be no more than three rates per tax. That would create simplicity. the other great problem in talking to buig spending liberals and lefties is that they confuse ownership with access. Everyone wantspeople to access the health system. But that doesn’t mean that the least efficient and effective agency – the Government – should own the health system.

  3. .

    Well said, all.

    I’d have three taxes, a royalty system, a consumption tax and an LVT, all low rated at one rate with no exemptions.

  4. .

    …most likely different rates for each tax though.

  5. .

    “My suggestion to the Liberal party (ignored and not even a polite response sent)”

    They’re not a Liberal party. Tax eating social conservatives.

  6. Peter Patton

    For something like economics – with charts, graphs, data, dynamics – I think Powerpoint is a godsend, and even better if the slides are distributed before the lecture/presentation. Even History lectures can make great use of Powerpoint using photos and other visuals.

  7. Peter Patton

    They’re not a Liberal party. Tax eating social conservatives.

    I can’t believe that anybody who even thinks otherwise. “The Liberal Party is the party of free enterprise”! Pig’s ass!

  8. Based on feedback from Liberal Democratic Party members at the conference, Sinclair could have used a thumbnail dipped in tar to make his points. Everyone I spoke to thought he was outstanding, as did I.
    The LDP’s 30/30 tax policy is under review. I expect the new policy will extensively borrow from Sinclair’s ideas.

  9. rog

    Powerpoint is a very useful tool, it forces the presenter to coalesce their oftentimes random disconnected thoughts into snappy synopsis and allows the viewer to reflect on any powerful points made.

    Otherwise it is all about the teller, not the story.

    It also gets them off the podium before they start telling bad jokes and losing the point.

  10. .

    rog are you reading the Microsoft blurbs on your old Office 98 box for something to do?

  11. PSC

    They’re not a Liberal party. Tax eating social conservatives.

    Damm straight.

    Central planning to the aid of the upper-middle classes.

  12. os

    For what it’s worth, my rule with PP was 3 slides, 3 points on each. No more.

  13. Ral

    Libertarians have developed non-tax options and are starting a push for tax abolition in the US. Keep posted at: http://www.Libertarian-International.org and check out the articles.

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