In Quarterly Essay 40, ‘Trivial Pursuit’, George Megalogenis sounded off for more neoliberal reform; in Megologenis’ November cover story he promotes a similar line, this time in sizing up Paul Keating (‘Leader of the Pack’, November). With the powerful and pervasive backing of News Limited’s financially flush media outlets, the neoliberal extreme growth position has no lack of space. These outlets daily flick off the Greens, and other environmental voices, despite the accumulating evidence of creeping planetary degradation. Keating, too, has shown in his public comments that he – like John Howard – is not on top of pressing environmental issues. So enough! Let’s give space to cutting-edge economists, for example, America’s Herman Daly and Britain’s Tim Jackson. It’s scandalous that their view – that you can’t have infinite economic growth on a finite planet – is not more widely discussed in Australia.
A. (Len) Puglisi
Burwood East, VIC