Economy

Nov 20, 2012

TV Ruddbull and getting real on productivity

Despite the froth and bubble of Ruddbull, a key national debate got some attention last night on Q&A last night. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane were tuned in.

Amid all the free publicity for the froth and bubble in last night’s Q&A on ABC TV, including the fantasy football of a Rudd-Turnbull party, the biggest issue confronting Australia got a decent run, although it did default to the usual “labour productivity bad, government needs to do something” discussion from Malcolm Turnbull, economist Judith Sloan and RBA board member and former Australian Industry Group head Heather Ridout.

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  1. klewso

    Who produces the show – they know, on form, what stance on any topic various participants are going to take and little new light is going to be generated. They can’t balance a panel – as you say much of last night’s show was 2 and a half : 1?
    When was the last time “conservative economist” Sloan had anything complimentary to say about the Left, or “unions/workers”? Where was the GFC when she was aware it was coming?

    It’s more like a recycling soap box.
    And next week, they’ve picked up “Cousin Jethro” (“Bucolic Buffalo”) with his record for derogatory character analysis of others that disagree with his view of the world – and now reckons this “personal politix” has all gone too far – because he’s getting back what he’s sown?

  2. David Hand

    Retail is the obvious sitter for a significant increase in productivity as commerce shifts online. Because many retail workers are unskilled, it’s not a straightforward option as a renewed focus will be needed to educate and upskill workers moving out of retail but we should get on with it.

  3. beachcomber

    Q&A normally does a better job at pretending to be balanced. Why no-one with any social conscience on the show?

    Turnbull’s claim that he would be a Minster in an Abbott Government is rather depressing. One “wet Liberal” in the most Right wing Government since Federation has as much hope of setting the agenda as Mitt Romney has in the Whitehouse

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