Swan song? Almost certainly, so what does Wayne leave behind? Bernard Keane and Stephen Koukoulas weigh in; report cards for health, climate change, transport, foreign affairs, welfare and public broadcasting; plus how Canberra drowned its sorrows in deficit.
The verdict is in: the nation’s newspapers declare Treasurer Wayne Swan’s work is done …
So what has he left the country with? Bernard Keane argues in Crikey today that voters — and the media — should look a little more closely at Swan’s performance before giving him the dunce’s cap. He argues the Treasurer will “leave an outstanding economic legacy”, although “his fiscal record is less impressive”:
“The voters won’t be give him any credit, but he’s been a far better Treasurer than virtually any of us expected when Kevin Rudd confirmed his position in the lead-up to the 2007 election.”
And with that, he was gone. Just like many of his promises.