Noticing what isn’t there: Terry McCrann on the PM’s confab

One skill in thinking that I encourage my students to develop is to notice what is missing from a picture or an argument – what isn’t there, which might be important.

As Sherlock Holmes noted in the story of Silver Blaze, a most important clue was provide by ‘the dog that didn’t bark’.

Terry McCrann thinks along these lines in his column in the Weekend Oz of October 3-4, concerning the new Prime Minister’s summit of everybody who agrees with him about what he thinks are important issues:

Those “returning to the table” things were all varieties of tax increases – principally, the superannuation tax concessions, capital gains tax and negative gearing concessions.

Consensus on this was hardly surprising. Representatives of those interests were not at the table on Thursday. And the interests that were are in the main “takers” from the taxpayer purse; so they are more than happy to vote for a fatter purse.

This brings us to the bigger issue of who wasn’t there: the opposition and the general voter and taxpayer. Neither was reality.

Well done, Terry.


About Stebbing Heuer

A person interested in exploring human perception, reasoning, judgement and deciding, and in promoting clear, effective thinking and the making of good decisions.
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