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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Review of Ross Gittins, “Miners moan, but we need our fair share,” Sydney Morning Herald, August 14, 2010. The key message of the piece is:
It’s not hard to see why miners would object to paying more tax, but the tax was recommended by the Henry tax review and it is hard to see why these eminent economists would advocate a tax that could damage the economy.
The very reason for levying a tax on the “economic rent” derived from mining (that is, on the “super-normal profit” earned in excess of the “normal profit” needed to keep the mining companies’ resources employed in the mining business) is to ensure the tax does not discourage mining activity.
The three main errors are:
- Eminent “economists” often advocate damaging policies due to economic ignorance. A glimpse through history will tell you that, no matter your ideological position.
- No attempt is made to establish how taxation is justified from a property rights point of view. Are you really claiming that all land is government land, and they just licence it to the people? If so, please explain how government originally acquired that right.
- There is no such thing as neutral taxation, as Murray Rothbard explained brilliantly and briefly here (pp. 919-27 and, even shorter, pp. 1244-45), and, at length, here.
We recommend the Economics.org.au review of The Happy Economist (Allen & Unwin, 2010), which appeared under the title, “Exclusive Ross Gittins Interview.”