About Ross Gittins
Ross Gittins has been Economics Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald since 1978! His essay, “Why we must roll back the tyranny of distance,” won
the Bert Kelly Award (1991).
Lesser accolades include:
the inaugural Citi Journalism Excellence Award (1993);
the Centenary Medal (2001);
the Member of the Order of Australia (2008);
the inaugural University of Newcastle National Alumni Leadership Award (2009);
the Macquarie University Honorary Doctorate (2011);
the University of Sydney Honorary Doctorate (2012);
and being named by Ken Henry "the country's best communicator of economic material" (2009 — Henry was then Secretary to the Treasury, appointed in 2001 by then Liberal Party Treasurer Peter Costello; Henry is now employed by Labor Party Prime Minister Julia Gillard as her "Special Advisor").
The economics organisation of Australia, Economics.org.au, established this site to correct Gittins' misrepresentations of economics and taxpayers.
Please read our scandalous and exclusive interview with Ross Gittins on his latest book The Happy Economist.
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My review is here. Where is Ross Gittins’ review? Where has he engaged with the Austrian theory of the business cycle at all? How many more column kilometres does he want?
Search for Ross Gittins The Happy Economist in google and the exclusive and scandalous Economics.org.au interview with him here ranks number 1. Hopefully this will make it more difficult for Gittins to get away with his misrepresentations of economics and … Continue reading
Review of Ross Gittins, “Economists’ views more political than they admit,” SMH, Feb 7, 2011. Gittins continues his long history of going out of his way to pretend that the Austrian school of economics does not exist. He says: [I]n principle, all … Continue reading
Review of Gittins, “Aged care dilemma: tap wealth in homes, or let taxpayers pay,” SMH, Jan 26, 2011. Gittins says, “We all agree that old people must be adequately cared for in their declining years and that governments must ensure … Continue reading
Steve Kates’ says: “Gitt[i]ns wrote about how original Keynesian ideas were when first put forward in 1936 and I pointed out that these supposedly original ideas were part of an ancient tradition in economic thought that had until then been … Continue reading
Check out Steven Kates’ incisive article here. Perhaps someone like Ross Gittins, who is meant to write three columns a week on economic issues, may in the next few years find time to address this issue. Excerpt:
How else is one to read this? How is compulsory provision of education justified? Because Gittins values knowledge for its own sake. Okay, now, should we increase funding? Oh yes, because we value knowledge for its own sake. How long … Continue reading
Gittins says, “New principle of balancing public and private interests is needed.” He never defines the terms “public” and “private”. If he had tried to, he would have seen just how arbitrary any limitation on the market is. Everything could … Continue reading
Gittins’ empty legal blather: Ross Gittins, a man who has never said a word about legal theory, insists ad nauseum — without any supporting argument whatsoever (or any reference to any) — that all resources in Australia are the property of every … Continue reading
Three recent Gittins essays (“Blowing the whistle on unfair costings game,”SMH, August 16; ”Both sides fall victim to federal budget humbuggery,” SMH, August 20; ”The deficit we really should worry about,” SMH, August 21) have him hypocritically complaining that the election has avoided debate on … Continue reading