It is three months since I reported on progress with the book. Three busy and sometimes exciting months, including a three week road trip to central and northern Australia – progressing from Melbourne to Wilpena Pound, William Creek (including a flight over Lake Ayre and the ‘painted hills’), Daly Waters, Katherine Gorge, Uluru, Alice Springs, Kakadu and finally Darwin. Interesting ‘real Australians’ to meet and stunning landscapes to experience, with a near daily route march/rock climb/etc organised by she who must be obeyed.
Before this break, I spoke at Ballarat Rotary, at several club affairs in Melbourne, at the History of Economic Thought Society Australia (HETSA) conference and recorded an interview with Alan Kohler to be played on Qantas flights, I think in October.
My talk at the HETSA conference started as follows: ‘It is an honour to be speaking at this meeting of the History of Economic Thought Society Australia (HETSA) at RMIT University. My recent visit to the economists of ANU was like entering a Lion’s den, and this feels a bit like visiting a Tiger’s lair.
My circulated paper is based on Chapter 11 of Great Crises of Capitalism and is titled ‘Great Crises of Economics – what are the lessons.?’ Here is a link to the full presentation.
To continue the introduction: ‘My perspective is that of a policy advisor and ‘how does the economy work’ is a vital matter for such a person. I was a serious policy oriented researcher for 10 years and a real live policy advisor for another ten. You might see me as a Rip Van Winkle figure, but for the past 20 years I have not been asleep, merely distracted from time to time’.
While we were in Central Australia the Fairfax press published lists of what Australia’s leading politicians were reading, and we were delighted to learn that Great Crises was on Tony Abbott’s list. Coincidentally or not, I have begun to receive invitations to speak from conservatives generally and the major branches of the Economic Society of Australia.
In the immediate future I shall speak at
• The Economic Society, Vic branch, 12.30 RBA, 20 September
• The Economic society, NSW branch, Cockle Bay, 23 September
• Royal Melbourne Gold Club, 9 October.
• Melbourne Rotary, 12 October.
• Liberal Party conference, 15 October, tbc
There is also the launch of the e-book version of Great Crises, following a fine dinner at the Celtic Club in Melbourne on 27 September. The e-book is going to be launched by the Hon Andrew Robb under the elegant Chairpersonship of Miranda Kirily.
At the same time, I am commencing a book on Australia’s globally significent mining industry with the working title Buried Treasure – forging Australia’s future.
Breaking news. Connor Court recently received an urgent request from its American strategic partner for the manuscript, so we are awaiting news of publication there. Oprah, here we come! The book opens by saying: ‘The world could still experience a Great Depression as a result of the global financial Crisis of 2007-08’. With the American (and Eurozone) economic news again getting gloomier by the day, perhaps LittleBrown found itself with a gap in its list.