There is only one minister with the trust and clout to tap Julia Gillard on the shoulder and with regret advise that it’s time to move on. That minister is Wayne Swan.
This is the critical “pull out digger, the dogs are pissing on your swag” moment, recalling Gareth Evans’ imperishable words to Bob Hawke.
And Swan is in no mindset to deliver them, certainly not before the implementation of the Budget he will produce next week, probably not before the next scheduled election.
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I can’t find one Coalition MP or fellow traveller who came to the defence of Cate Blanchett when last May she took part in a TV advertisement supporting a price on carbon.
There were plenty who shredded the internationally successful Australian actress, making the point that among those disqualified from speaking on climate change were internationally successful Australian actresses.
None of these shredders were accused by others of instigating class warfare against Blanchett, said to be worth from $53 million to $55 million. None were dismissed as being driven by envy.
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Wayne Swan has discovered his voice. After telling us in no uncertain terms what he really thought of Kevin Rudd the week before last. Now Swannie has set his sights on our mining magnates.
In an essay in The Monthly, and in a speech due at lunch time today to the National Press Club, the Treasurer makes the argument that democracy is under threat from vested interests - and takes aim in particular at Clive Palmer, Twiggy Forrest and Gina Rinehart.
But his argument is not just limited to those who make their millions by digging things out of the ground. Swan is worried about our middle-class society being under “mortal threat”, essentially since the “Reagan-Thatcher revolutions”.
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Congratulations to all comrades who attended the official launch of the Rich Bastards Union (RBU) at our official launch in Perth last week.
It was inspiring to see so many of you prepared to join together and protect the billions you have worked so hard to earn. The message to the Prime Minister could not have been clearer – keep your grubby hands of our minerals!
It was also heart-warming to see the support that so many ordinary millionaires offered as we take this principled stand for the fundamental right to make a fortune digging up bits of Australia and shipping it off to the highest bidder.
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