An op-ed by Labor's assistant treasury spokesman Andrew Leigh in The Sydney Morning Herald last week sexily compared the biggest investors in Australia to Lexcorp of Superman, and Terminator's Cyberdyne. Leigh wrote "five investors -- HSBC, JPMorgan, National Nominees, Citicorp and BNP Paribas" are "the biggest owners" of Australia's largest listed companies. Which in Hollywood's never-ending search for a new superhero movie, could end up on screen.

But Leigh's methodology was quickly shut down, with Rear Window's Joe Aston writing a take-down and Peter Martin, The Age's economics editor, filing a critique a couple of days later.