Friday, 6 November 2009

Gilding the commissioner

In the Canberra bureaucratic pecking order, the chairman of the Productivity Commission would come well down the list after most departmental secretaries and quite a few deputy secretaries and ministerial advisers as well. Not that you would know that if you believed The Australian. In a rather pathetic attempt this morning to give some weight to a beat-up attacking Labor’s economic policies, the paper promoted the commission’s chairman Gary Banks to being the government’s “chief economic adviser”.
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