Author Archives: Ken Nielsen

Sayings of the week

I suggest that we should start to collect notable sayings from public figures that deserve to be recorded for future reflection. My nomination is from Heather Ridout of the Australian Industry Group which seems to be the last unreconstructed trade … Continue reading

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NBN Business Plan

The NBN business plan is here. The pricing section contains this table The following table describes wholesale access pricing for NBN Co services. Peak download speed (Mbps) Peak upload speed (Mbps) Fibre Wireless Satellite 12 1 $24 $24 $24 25 … Continue reading

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Bob Ellis shows his compassionate side, as well as his malicious one

In Unleashed or The Drum (I still don’t know which is which) Bob Ellis comments on the Christmas Island disaster (and I’m willing to use that word). He repeats his Caravan Park solution – that towns all over the country … Continue reading

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One for the blokes

Simon Chapman built his career in the anti-smoking movement. He ran, for many years, an organisation called Action on Smoking and Health. He then became a professor of public health at the University of Sydney. His current campaign is against … Continue reading

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My Annual Commercial

Pinchgut Opera’s production of Haydn’s neglected opera L’Anima de Filosofo (Orpheus and Eurydice) has been very well reviewed in the SMH. “another Christmas delight” says Peter McCallum. Three performances left – Saturday 7:30 PM, Sunday 5:00 PM, Tuesday 7:30 PM at … Continue reading

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Postman’s knock

I am not a rabid believer in privatisation. I believe that it probably did not make sense to sell the airports and that a long term lease or management contract over the terminals would have been better. I also have … Continue reading

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Some politicians can admit they were wrong

For example Al Gore “It is not a good policy to have these massive subsidies for (U.S.) first generation ethanol,” said Gore, speaking at a green energy business conference in Athens sponsored by Marfin Popular Bank. then He explained his … Continue reading

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The Zombie Book

Has anyone read Quiggin’s Zombie Economics: How dead ideas still walk among us.? I haven’t read it and haven’t been able to find a review from a respected source. There is a brief one in The Guardian which, unsurprisingly, thought … Continue reading

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The Big Short

I have just read  – on the Kindle – Michael Lewis’s book The Big Short. It is about the subprime CDO crash from the point of view of the bears who saw it coming  and figured out a way of … Continue reading

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Evil speculators again

It intuitively makes sense that speculators drive up prices. They buy expecting prices to rise and sell when prices do rise. So speculators are easy to blame when prices rise. Just like short sellers are easy to blame when prices … Continue reading

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