No Dr Gigi – We Don’t Want Your Advice

Arrogance.  Thy name is Public Servant Academic.  Actually Dr Public Sector Academic.

Reported today in the Daily Telegraph, High-profile academics go public to push Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to increase taxes.  Gee.  A bunch of people who would not know what the private sector was are demanding more tax revenue.  Who would have thunk it.

Led by the Ponds Institute:

An open letter urging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to reject tax cuts for families is part of the left-wing Australia Institute’s Australia Doesn’t Need Lower Taxes campaign and includes at least 37 signatories who have taxpayers to thank for their employment.

But the coup de grâce came from UNSW academic Gigi Foster who is reported to have said:

that if the nation wanted advice­ about what was best for it “you are basically stuck asking for it from people whose work is paid for by the nation”.

Well.  Dr Gigi.  The nation is not actually asking for advice, especially from the likes of you.  The nation probably knows what is best for it without your advice.

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26 Responses to No Dr Gigi – We Don’t Want Your Advice

  1. Fang

    Can we have have Victoria as a completely free state with just the ten first pages of the regulation as it couldn’t be any worse! Be great experiment! 😁

  2. Crossie

    that if the nation wanted advice­ about what was best for it “you are basically stuck asking for it from people whose work is paid for by the nation”.

    We are most definitely not paying peanuts but are nevertheless getting monkeys.

  3. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Carmen Lawrence? Found by the Marks Royal Commission to have misled Western Australian Parliament, concerning her knowledge and role in the tabling of the notorious Easton petition, which led to one Penny Easton taking her own life? “Oxygen thief” and “Waste of space” are words that spring to mind. F.M.S.

  4. Entropy

    Liberty quote

    Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded — here and there, now and then — are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty.

    This is known as “bad luck.”

    — Robert Heinlein

  5. JC

    Here he is, Mr Prohibition himself. He’s always around like a dreadful smell in the most likely places.

    Simon Chapman AO
    Emeritus Professor, University of Sydney

  6. Siltstone

    Since this lot seem to think Canberra can spend their own money better than they can, I’d expect a sincere believer would have transferred a nice little pile to the ATO. But in reality the only pile to be found is the stench of hypocrisy.

  7. Clint

    Government funding of universities needs to be stopped. Let all universities and academics compete in the free market. Those who teach or research something of value will survive. Those who are glorified dole bludgers will be forced to get a real job.

  8. Whalehunt Fun

    And still, people tell me that Stalin putting people in lunatic asylums was a bad idea. Could a need for a cleansing of unionists and lunar left academics be any clearer?

  9. iain russell

    Beyond parody. Plutocrats wanting more from the poor and oppressed taxpayers.

  10. These are the same people that have created and sustained The Nanny State. The more government funding they receive, the greater becomes their hubris.

  11. egg_

    that if the nation wanted advice­ about what was best for it “you are basically stuck asking for it from people whose work is paid for by the nation”.

    Advice on how to run a sheltered workshop from a sheltered workshop?
    You’d probably get better advice from a tuckshop.

  12. Dr Foster’s research interests and contributions lie in the areas of education, social influence, behavioral (sic)economics, and the multi-disciplinary analysis of human behavior (sic) in groups. Much of her published work focuses on aspects of decisions related to human capital investment and social influence. Her research has been supported by the Australian Research Council, the Spencer Foundation, the University of New South Wales, and the University of South Australia. Dr Foster is also active in the Australian media, particularly in regard to matters of education policy and economic thought.

    Question to Dr Gigi:
    What is your contribution in the areas of:
    1) education
    2) social influence
    3) behavioural economics, and
    4)the multi-disciplinary analysis of human behaviour in groups

    P.S. – I am an immigrant from former Czechoslovakia, did not go to English school, therefore, my English comprehension is relatively poor. Could someone please translate the above quote to me? I am in particular interested in the meaning of “human capital investment and social influence”.
    Moreover, could some linguist confer that the above quote – an extract from Dr Gigi’s CV – is, in fact, English or some other language.

  13. Dr Fred Lenin

    Egg , your comment on tuck shop advice is spot on ,my late wife did tuck shop for years voluntary of course ,,the mums there were a great bunch of very nice women ,ptactical ,down to earth people who ran good homes and budgeted well . It occurred to me that if they were running the country we wouldn’t be in the mess we are . God help any woman who got delusions of grandeur like politicians amongst these girls the girls would have cut them off at the knees . Nans andMums for parliament ,NOW !

  14. Percy Porcelain

    the multi-disciplinary analysis of human behavior (sic) in groups

    aka, “the madness of crowds”.

    “Wadda we want?
    Higher taxes!
    Wenna we wan’ ’em?
    Now!”

  15. Sparkle Motion

    I think Dr Gigi has a point. Governments tend to get their advice from their bloated and self-serving internal structure or pay top dollar for that advice from ex-employees who now work for bloated and self-serving external consultants.

    Only sure thing in all that is that there is an O’Dwyer-load of taxes being wasted on both.

  16. Rococo Liberal

    All left wing academics are low rent shite.

  17. H B Bear

    The Ponds Institute must have introduced a new area of study – the bleeding obvious. Richaaard Dennisss and his fellow Greens discards really at the cutting edge of policy development at the moment.

  18. EvilElvis

    Nans andMums for parliament ,NOW !

    No thanks, Dr Fred, not from this current generation of tattoed, Facebook fawning, entitlement queens.

  19. About Gigi
    Dr Gigi Foster received her BA from Yale (majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics) and her PhD in economics from the University of Maryland.

    Dr Foster’s research interests and contributions lie in the areas of education, social influence, behavioral economics, and the multi-disciplinary analysis of human behavior in groups. Much of her published work focuses on aspects of decisions related to human capital investment and social influence. Her research has been supported by the Australian Research Council, the Spencer Foundation, the University of New South Wales, and the University of South Australia. Dr Foster is also active in the Australian media, particularly in regard to matters of education policy and economic thought.​​

    With all these wonderful qualifications, why she could not get a job in US of A?
    Here is why:

    Research Grants
    2015-2017: ARC Discovery Project Grant – AUD$231,800 awarded over three years by the Australian Research Council ​for project entitled The Economics of Cooperative Behaviour with Ben Greiner, Paul Frijters and Attila Ambrus
    2013-2014: ASBLab Small Projects Grants – AUD$6000 awarded by the University of New South Wales for project entitled The Role of True Believers in the Development and Stability of Group Norms with Gautam Bose and Evgenia Dechter
    2013: Australian School of Business Non-Professorial Research Achievement Award – AUD$2000 awarded by the University of New South Wales
    2011: UNSW Business School Special Research Grant awarded by the University of New South Wales for project entitled, ‘Has NAPLAN Reporting Changed the Way Australian Schools Operate?,’ AUD$10,000
    2010: UNSW Business School Learning and Teaching Fund awarded by the University of New South Wales for project relating to the progress of low-socioeconomic status students in Australian universities, AUD$8,900
    2010: UNSW Business School Small Grant awarded by the University of New South Wales for project entitled, ‘The Comparative Productivity and Efficiency of Sole-tasking Versus Multi-tasking’, AUD$12,000
    2009-2011: ARC Discovery Project Grant awarded over three years by the Australian Research Council (2008) for project entitled, ‘Should Rational Individuals be Optimistic? Theory, Survey Evidence, Experimental Evidence, and Policy Implications’ (with Paul Frijters and Benno Torgler), AUD$221,000
    2008-2010: ARC Discovery Project Grant awarded over three years by the Australian Research Council (2007) for project entitled, ‘Distributional Consequences of Mass-Market Higher Education in Business’, AUD$89,740

  20. hzhousewife

    Egg , your comment on tuck shop advice is spot on ,my late wife did tuck shop for years voluntary of course ,,the mums there were a great bunch of very nice women ,ptactical ,down to earth people who ran good homes and budgeted well . It occurred to me that if they were running the country we wouldn’t be in the mess we are . God help any woman who got delusions of grandeur like politicians amongst these girls the girls would have cut them off at the knees . Nans andMums for parliament ,NOW !

    Gosh, that comment brought me a sudden flash-back memory. At one of the kids HSC Final Day’s, the HSC class chaired in the tuck-shop lady and proceeded to queue up to have their photos taken with her, she said she felt like a movie star. The kids vowed never to forget her and her food. Pre corporate food needless to say!

  21. hzhousewife

    Dr Gigi should be shoved in front of one of Arky’s better classes, let’s see how she would cope then.

  22. Dr Fred Lenin

    Advice from these people is like marriage counselling from the counselling who d has been divorced six times ,and can’t sustain any relationship

  23. Is Gigi a woman?

    Hard to tell these days but with more than 53 gender classification, “it” would fit somewhere.

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