Andrew Norton is a researcher with the Centre for Independent Studies, and works in the office of the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. He has formerly worked as an adviser to a Liberal Minister. Andrew Leigh is an economist at the Australian National University, and has formerly worked as an adviser to a Labor Shadow Minister.
Despite hailing from opposite ends of the political spectrum, the two Andrews link to and comment on each anotherâ€™s blogs on a regular basis. So we thought it might be enjoyable for us (and perhaps interesting for others) to debate one another over a topic that we disagree about.
The idea of the discussion is that itâ€™s a bit like the two of us sitting down to breakfast. So each morning, one of us will put up a post. At the end of the conversation (probably six days), weâ€™ll open it up to comments. Think of it as a radio chat with talkback at the end, if you like. All posts will appear on both our blogs.
We decided to kick things off with the topic â€œShould public schools be privatised?â€. Andrew Norton begins with the case for the affirmative.