Extract from 1990 Boyer Lectures by Tom Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald, Tom, 1990, Between life and economics, Crows Nest, N.S.W, Australian Broadcasting Corporation

A driven, territorialist minister at Treasury has extended its powers to include the appointment of people of Treasury mind or background to bodies that might otherwise have been liable to develop more independent attitudes. The so-called Treasury view does not have to be assertive any more, as it once ferociously was; it now holds the field and will doubtless be more than ever prone to the tendencies towards mediocrity that a monolithic nature fosters.