Swan and The Last Surplus
It is pure Gotcha politics, the perhaps playful question aiming to spear Treasurer Swan because he could not bring to mind the last time a Labor government delivered a surplus. So this is consequential?
Not a question about the initiatives to up-skill the Australian population for a boom generated by industrialisation and urbanisation of China and India. Too solemn and serious. Not an interrogation about Howard’s middle-class welfare and the need to pin it back.
As if to confirm Lindsey Tanner’s critique of superficial media games, the question was trivial pursuit, a trick to trip Swan up. It was a question with no relevance to this budget, bypassing policy substance altogether.
I hope it is an episode that Canberra media passes over fast.