NEWSFLASH! In September I will join The Conversation as its Business and Economy Editor. I have been honoured to work at The Age for the past ten years, originally alongside the legendry Tim Colebatch, and for the past four years as economics editor in my own right.

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.

On this site are most of the important things I have written for Fairfax and the ABC over the past few decades. I recommend the Search function. The site is a record for you, as well as me.

I'll continue to post great things from The Conversation and other places here, and also on Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Remember when the ads used to be better than the programs?

That was in the days when every television advertisement broadcast here had to be made here.

Call it protection if you want, but it resulted in quality ads that actually spoke to us in our own (peculiar) language.

In order to celebrate its 75th anniversary, the legendary Australian agency George Patterson has put 20 best on YouTube.

Here are my picks.

Try to watch this without crying:

This works even though I hate banks:

And this is truly wonderful, better than all manner of programs:

And this sold a lot of Colgate:


HT: Mumbrella

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