Category Archives: Blegs

Monetary policy settings: hawks, doves and the seat of the pants

What’s at stake in monetary policy? The most obvious answer is “jobs and growth” – to coin a phrase. The idea is that, by meeting its target of low and steady (2-3%) inflation, the RBA tries also to keep us as … Continue reading

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It’s on again on 6th Sept: making the world a tad better with our guest Christos Tsiolkas

If only I’d been alive to get to one of these events. Nelson Mandela Last year’s second dinner was perhaps only matched by Lincoln’s Second Inaugural. Nicholas Gruen Lying Nick Gruen is a total lightweight. TOTALLY FAKE ECONOMIST. Begged me … Continue reading

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Crikey! It’s that time of year again: Last call

If you’d like to be in this year’s submission to Crikey for a group submission, please email me on ngruen AT the domain formerly known as gmail (and still known as gmail). And please spread the news far and wide using all the … Continue reading

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Affected speech impediments: is this a uniquely English phenomenon?

Last night, having read a fantastic essay (pdf) by the great historian of revolutionary and pre-revolutionary America Bernard Bailyn, I made my way to the lecture series in honour of Isaiah Berlin where there were plenty more interesting lectures. In any event I’ve known of … Continue reading

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Weekend competition: Yes folks it’s on again

Troppo is getting ready for the singularity. That’s the period during which Ken, Don, David and I put our feet up and Troppo just runs itself with KenBot, DonBot, DavidBot and MeBot doing all the work. Commenters put their feet up too and just … Continue reading

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Dinner Party in Melbourne on the 22nd June: #WAINS?

My 60th Birthday party was a blast. So as not to wait another decade till the next one, I thought I’d do it annually. But to disguise the naked egotism of it I decided to raise money for a Good … Continue reading

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Strategic plans and adjunct professorships

Some time ago I was written to by an Australian University asking me to become an Adjunct Professor in Journalism. This is an honorary position so, (paradoxically) it’s not much of an honour! In any event, this is how the letter I … Continue reading

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