Limited opportunity 29/4/2013
Henry Ergas employs a fine turn of phrase to describe the schmozzle overseen by Treasurer Wayne Swan:
Deconstructing Swan’s arguments is as challenging as picking a dead man’s wallet. Shop-worn tropes go round and round, like unclaimed bags on an airport carousel: Labor is the party of opportunity, a sentiment to which Eddie Obeid, Ian Macdonald and John Maitland are presumably living testimony; Tony Abbott, accused of every possible malfeasance short of starting a leprosy pandemic, would destroy what this country retains of good and true; and only Swan and his colleagues stand between Tony Abbott’s Visigoths and the “fair go”.
Swan has to spout bulldust, he’s got no other choice. Ergas points out that he was beaten at his own game before the first siren blew.
Expressed in prose as riveting as elevator music, Swan’s claims are unsullied by evidence. The inconvenient fact that the Howard government made greater inroads on inequality and did far more to spread prosperity is simply ignored; instead, taking the dream-to-reality ratio to new heights, Swan focuses on the glories ahead thanks to the National Broadband Network, the Gonski spending and the National Disability Insurance Scheme.