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Keating on Swan gong: “I don’t give a f-ck” | #Auspol

When Euromoney magazine rang Paul Keating to tell him that Wayne Swan was about to be named its finance minister of the year, his reaction was less than overjoyed.

Euromoney‘s Eric Ellis claims Keating, who won the award back in 1984, told him “to just f-ck off” and “I couldn’t give a f-ck”. He then told Ellis to go to “buggery”.

However, the notoriously volatile former PM eventually calmed down and offered up some (faint) words of praise for his Labor comrade.

Swan, he said, stood out for “his ability to comprehend danger and act decisively to minimise it” in the wake of the 2008 Lehman Brothers collapse.

Keating singled out Swan’s decisions to guarantee bank deposits and splash on stimulus as crucial in helping Australia to avoid recession during the Global Financial Crisis.

“If the proof of the pudding is in the eating, Wayne Swan’s treasurership brought us through this profound crisis,” he said.

As for former treasurer Peter Costello, Euromoney claims he is “privately chagrined” that he never got the gong and that he “seizes every opportunity to pan the award”. Costello declined the magazine’s invitation to comment on Swan’s triumph.

About Darin Sullivan (1971 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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