Wanna Run a Thinktank?

With Clive Hamilton due to step down on 29 Feb 2008, the Australia Institute is looking for a new executive director. Details here. Applications close 13 Dec 2007.

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15 Responses to Wanna Run a Thinktank?

  1. Invig says:

    they’ll be up for me for SHURE.

    i could be on TEEVEE!!!!!

  2. Andrew Norton has taken an interest in Hamilton’s tenure. Perhaps he will apply.

  3. Patrick says:

    Do you think they’d take me? Alternatively, I’ll back AN!!

    His slogan can be ‘Making the Australia Institute relevant

  4. hc says:

    I will stand on a limited platform:

    Dismantle thyself.

  5. I notice that, unlike when they advertised for a Deputy Director, they are taking care not to reveal how much ‘over-consumption’ the salary would permit.

  6. I notice that, unlike when they advertised for a Deputy Director, they are taking care not to reveal how much ‘over-consumption’ the salary would permit.

  7. Sinclair Davidson says:

    LOL. You’re an evil man Andrew (N). I would imagine that the Australia Institute would approve of public companies having to provide CEO salary data – they should have to do the same.

  8. Verdurous says:

    Sinclair,

    Are you suggesting that the salary is likely to be up there with the CEOs of public companies? How many CEO’s of large companies would earn the 75 K or less that is quoted for the Aus Inst Deputy Director job that catallaxy has mentioned.

    I don’t think the Aus Inst would be too worried with comparisons to CEO’s in the corporate world. They might begin to look like the downshifters that you so detest.

  9. Verdurous – Australia Institute staff leading high-consumption lives is like religious conservatives visiting prostitutes. It’s the hypocrisy that matters, not the action itself. CEOs are supposed to make money.

  10. Patrick says:

    F off Verdurous that deserves a prize for willful misrepresentation.

    Salary disclosure is not about quantum, and you surely knew that.

    Also, they certainly are downshifters compared to anyone in listed corporate senior management!

  11. Verdurous says:

    Andrew N,

    I have no idea whether Clive Hamilton spends his money on expensive cars or donates it to hospitals in Bangladesh. You may say that these are both forms of consumption (or utility maximisation) but clearly the Aus Institute is more critical of the first kind than the second.

    Hypocrisy is the charge, and it is likely that some of the employees of this think tank are guilty. This is the same charge that many on the right level at Al Gore for flying in a plane. This of course misses the point that the net effect of his public efforts have awoken people around the globe to the environmental crisis we face. Sometimes there are arguments for waging war to win the peace. Moreover we are all hypocrites. I do not deny that I have incurred speeding fines in the past, though I still support the existence of speeding limits. How about that? You will have your own examples of hypocrisy in your personal life.

    The main point though is that none of this renders these arguments obsolete. Andrew I am aware that you frequently point out the ad hominem attacks of others. You should then be careful of this mode of argument yourself, lest you be accused of hypocrisy 🙂

    Patrick,

    Ouch. That kind of comment would get moderated on many blogs. Lucky Andrew is just a plain old nice fella. I’m generally a fan of freedom of speech, so I’m glad it will sit there for others to see. Bye for now.

  12. Verdurous – It’s true that personal hypocrisy doesn’t render an argument invalid; hypocrisy being the homage vice pays to virtue and all that. But when people make careers out of giving others lifestyle advice, failure to adhere to that lifestyle yourself makes that person a less credible advocate. I offer very little lifestyle advice in public forums, the Australia Institute offers a lot. Like you, I don’t know much about Hamilton actually lives (they he has offered anecdotes about his suit-buying angst). But high salaries do raise legitimate questions about how the money is being spent.

  13. Patrick says:

    I do not deny that I have incurred speeding fines in the past, though I still support the existence of speeding limits.

    Not actually hypocritical without something else, like complaining that speed limits are unfair, etc.

    That kind of comment would get moderated on many blogs.

    None that I know. It was pretty mild, and probably true.

  14. Andrew Leigh says:

    Patrick, Verdurous is right on this one – I would normally have moderated “f off”, abbreviated or not. I was just a bit distracted with running a conference last week.

  15. Patrick says:

    In which case, I apologise for the implied obscenity.

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