Today I launched a new book on economic growth, a collection of essays in honour of former chief statistician Ian Castles.
Launching Measuring and Promoting Wellbeing: How Important is Economic Growth? Essays in Honour of Ian Castles AO and a Selection of Castles’ Papers
Edited by Andrew Podger and Dennis Trewin, ANU Press, 2014
Andrew Leigh MP
Shadow Assistant Treasurer
Federal Member for Fraser
24 April 2014
One of the most famous music acceptance speeches was delivered at the 2003 Grammy awards by rapper Eminem, who simply stood up and reeled off the names of 15 musicians who had made him who he was.
The next time the Australian economy wins an international award, perhaps it should give a similar speech. That speech would doubtless acknowledge the post-war economists known as ‘the seven dwarfs’: Allen Brown, Nugget Coombs, John Crawford, Harry Bland, Dick Randall, Fred Wheeler and Roland Wilson, as well as other greats who have run Treasury – Bernie Fraser, Chris Higgins, Ken Henry and Martin Parkinson among them.