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Post 16: Anecdotes and Apocrypha (2). Ross Gittens and Me (Pt.4)

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Post 16: Anecdotes and Apocrypha (2). Ross Gittens and Me (Pt.4)

Ross nominated Paul Keating and I think John Howard as the other two best Treasurers, Keating for floating the dollar and Howard for not letting the banks loan money to people who had no chance of paying. That was what the rest of the world did, particularly the United States of America, bringing about the collapse of Fanny May and Freddie Mac which led to the collapse Lehmann Brothers bank and the GFC.

He said the constant aim of people for more material goods had to stop, it was not sustainable.

He also said that the basket case that was Europe after the downturn was going to cause more problems, particularly in the case of Greece.

I remember being in Greece in 1991 and it was virtually a cash economy. I was told the only people who paid any tax were those who had to because it was taken out of their salary – public servants. I have been there twice since then but am not aware whether that was still the case. The impression I have is that Greece got into debt because the Government had to borrow large amounts of money to compensate for the fact that most people weren’t contributing to the economy.

He also hinted at the likelihood that Australia must have a recession before long (I think on the premise that what goes up must eventually come down).

It is now almost two years since Ross’ talk at Royal Sydney Golf Club. Europe is still hobbling on, people are still avidly pursuing more and more material possessions. We haven’t had the recession yet.

At the end of the evening he signed my book “To My Old Friend”.

I still make it my habit to read every one of his articles in the Sydney Morning Herald.

About the Author:

I will soon be 81 years old and tickled pink to be still upright. I have a good life. I still see clients, mainly in their own homes. I attend a lot of congresses, conferences and training sessions (never too old to learn). My apartment sits across from the north end of Maroubra Beach with 270 deg. views. There is always something intriguing to gaze at – the whales and dolphins twice a year, the stand-up paddle boarders, the surfers, the walkers, the beautiful surf in all its moods. Every morning two lorikeets come for their wholemeal bread. I often sit on the balcony and cook lunch on my portable grill, sitting amongst pots of lettuce, spinach, eggplant, tomatoes, chillies, and herbs: French tarragon, bayleaf, basil, rosemary, oregano, marjoram, thyme, mint and parsley. Throw a handful of herbs on every meal. My wonderful son has an equally lovely wife and three sons, 18, 16 and 14. They are the joy of my life as are my many good friends (some dating back to primary school) and colleagues. I was divorced, and later had two very dear partners, now deceased. One of them was Bill Peach; many of you may remember him. I was with him for 15 years until he died in 2013. He infected me with the travel bug, with many overseas and domestic Journeys taking place each year. The other long-term relationship left me with a taste for champagne, good wine, gourmet food and the Opera. Most of my life I have played tennis and golf, surfed (even in winter) and skied overseas and locally. Slowing down a bit now, love to see a film and do cryptic crosswords and sudoko. Passionate about bridge. I feel I have been very fortunate and would like to continue in that vein. Fingers crossed.