“After all, once the resources are spent, they are gone forever: no chance then of ensuring that they are put to good use. That is why the project should be carefully assessed before it is irreversibly committed. But there is an even more important reason for persevering [with demands for a cost-benefit analysis]: in public life, rot spreads. What begins with half-truths ends with untruths. As the attempt to defend the indefensible overwhelms the duty to say it as it is, a culture of hypocrisy takes hold in which anything goes.” Extract from We can’t afford to opt for NBN without scrutiny | The Australian
Peter Gallagher is student of piano and photography. He was formerly a senior trade official of the Australian government. For some years after leaving government, he consulted to international organizations, governments and business groups on trade and public policy.
He teaches graduate classes at the University of Adelaide on trade research methods and the role of firms in trade and growth and tweets trade (and other) stuff from @pwgallagher