Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.
Dateline: Australia, Federal Politics, Economic Reform, April 2015.
We often hear commentators lauding how the Hawke-Keating Government reformed the Australian economy and lamenting how our current federal government is incapable of doing the same.
This is no surprise.
Have a look at the four economic ministers that were central to those Labor governments of the 1980's.
Bob Hawke - Prime Minister, Paul Keating -Treasurer, John Button - Minister for Industry, Technology and Commerce, and Peter Walsh - Minister for Finance.
These were serious people, pursuing serious agendas and achieving serious reform.
Compare them to the crèche of economic infants fumbling about in the day-care centre that passes for our current federal government.