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At The Conversation, my job will be to make the best thinking from Australia's 40 univerisites accessible to the widest possible audience. That means you. From the new year I will also write a weekly column.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Whadda you say what?


"Australian banks are yet to receive a cent of taxpayer support."

David Bell, Chief Executive, Australian Bankers Association


Gee, I can think of some ways. Bubblepedia has some as well.

And isn't there something wrong with the very idea of Australia's big banks forming an "association"? (They've been allowed to take over most of the small ones.)

Come to think of it, the Association has form misrepresenting the truth.