(October 18–24) Freedom day in Victoria / After Andrews and Ardern, Palaszczuk now also following the NSW playbook / NSW (and VIC) opening to international travel / IBAC and ICAC public inquiries continue while the Obeids and Sir-Lunch-A-Lot finally face the music / Past alarmist predictions, crowd-sourced, and other attempts to revisit the pandemic past

/ Freedom day in Victoria


(October 11–17) Perrottet engineering an accelerated re-opening of NSW / Andrews following the NSW playbook amidst a blow-out in VIC case numbers / Marki Mark and Stacia still in denial, St Jacinda not so much but lost / The case for a federal anti-corruption commission / And the Nobel Prize in economic sciences went to …

/ Perrottet engineering an accelerated re-opening of NSW


(October 4–10) Perrottet says it as it is / Andrews still doesn’t get it / Marki Mark and Stacia still in denial, St Jacinda not so much / Morrison remains the master of deception / Everything Shortage — Keep them wine orders coming

/ Perrottet says it as it is


(September 27–October 3) Having skillfully navigated the treacherous COVID-19 waters, Berejiklian hits the ICAC rocks / Andrews can do no wrong (he thinks) / the endgames of ACT, Qld, WA, and NZ remain unclear / Myanmar a reminder of what matters in the grand scheme of things


(September 20–26) Gladys forcing the way / Dan losing his / Stacia and Marky Mark out of it / What’s the endgame in New Zealand? / Evergrande, neither grand nor forever / Germany in for a new leader …


(September 13–19) Different models make different predictions — who’d thunk it! / No-trade-off econs and public-health alarmists united, again / NSW still leading the way, with Victoria still following the NSW playbook, time-delayed by about 4–6 weeks / Porter finally on the ropes / How to max the number of enemies in one brilliant strike / Lies, damn lies, and ABS statistics


(September 6–12) Pandemic end-game now clear / NSW leading the way, with Victoria following the NSW playbook, time-delayed by about 3–4 weeks / The best minister in the world he apparently is not / Confidential to the pm: Never mess with a journo



(Update at the end.)


Andreas Ortmann

EconProf: I post occasionally on whatever tickles my fancy: Science, evidence production, the Econ tribe, Oz politics, etc. Y’all r entitled to my opinions …

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