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Dec 14, 2012

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: The Oz gets it right on Insiders

Australia the iron man of the OECD. Wayne Swan surely could not have put it better: "Australia's long period of uninterrupted economic growth makes it the Iron Man amo

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

Australia the iron man of the OECD. Wayne Swan surely could not have put it better: "Australia's long period of uninterrupted economic growth makes it the Iron Man among the OECD countries," said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria this morning. Gurria was commenting on the release of his organisation's latest Economic Survey of Australia. While noting that the main challenge for policy is managing a sustained recovery by promoting important structural changes, the report says Australia has continued to weather the global economic crisis well reflecting sound macroeconomic policies and strong demand from China.
Although non-mining tradable sectors have struggled with the strong exchange rate driven by the mining boom, fundamentals remain solid with the unemployment rate close to its structural rate and inflation and public debt low. Growth strengthened in 2012, and the outlook is positive, even though there are mainly negative external risks, to which Australia is however less vulnerable than many other OECD countries.

Damned if you do and ... damned if you don't. The Australian got it right in its editorial this morning -- ABC boss Mark Scott has allowed his Insiders Sunday morning talk program to veer to the Right in a most biased way. As the editorial says:
Mr Scott rejects assertions about the progressive bias of Insiders. Yet if the ABC is convinced the host and panellists approach debates from the centre, why does it seek out declared conservative commentators? If the likes of Piers Akerman and Gerard Henderson are not recruited for a tilt at balance, they must skew the program to the Right.
Well written! They certainly do and the pair should be replaced to restore the balance the Oz thinks is so appropriate. A heavyweight onlooker. Debates in the Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada make our House of Representatives look a bit tame. At its first post-election meeting to appoint a prime minister and parliamentary speaker there was a temporary delay as members sorted out a few procedural differences. Luckily for government members the leader of the opposition UDAR (punch) party, world heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko chose to look on rather than take a point of order.

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3 thoughts on “Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: The Oz gets it right on Insiders

  1. Matt

    When I was a yoof, the term applied to seat sniffers was “poon”.

  2. Michael James

    Selectively editing other organisations editorials hardly does you or Crikey any credit.

    If you feel the need to quote another organisations work, you should at least provide the context and the full quote, rather than selectively quoting to suvert the nature of the editorial

    Stones and Glass Houses Mr Farmer.

  3. Gavin Moodie

    I read Farmer’s bit on the Australian’s editorial as consciously mischievous, but for those who found that too subtle he gave a link to the editorial which exceeded the Australian’s lamentable standards for bias and incoherence.

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