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Mar 23, 2011

The holy trinity of Hawke/Keating/Howard

Did the holy trinity of Hawke/Keating/Howard do it differently?

The chairman of BlueScope Steel and member of the Reserve Bank of Australia board, Grahame Kraehe, addressing the Press Club yesterday:
"Unfortunately, it is very clear that the business round-table is a sham process... It is not a real consultation; in the middle of that process we get an announcement ... that again we are going to have a carbon tax in a few months. I have had extensive experience in dealing with the Hawke government, the Keating government, [and] with the Howard government on a range of policy issues. What we have today absolutely bears no comparison... I think it is fair to say that the trust between government and business is not good."
But what is the meaning of "consultation" in Kraehe's mind? And what is a reasonable expectation from business when it comes to consultation with government? Did the holy trinity of Hawke/Keating/Howard do it differently? Was there a golden age of polite consultation between business and government? Well, no. Richard Farmer, today:
"Any grievances the business community has today about not being consulted (and what they really mean is that their arguments are not being accepted) pales into insignificance compared with the outcry at Bob Hawke's accord with the trade union movement and the savage cutting of tariff protection. And what about the business reaction to Paul Keating's recession we had to have?"
Sometimes it helps to have a long memory.

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3 thoughts on “The holy trinity of Hawke/Keating/Howard

  1. drmick

    These are the same liars that went on about the mining tax. They need to be treated with exactly the same grace and charm that they treat government with when the corporation is making plans; How much consultation is there with Government then?

    Do they think we are all like the rat bag ralliers and have memories like goldfish?
    F**k them and all their friends. I have heard enough bullshit to cover the cost of shutting down 2 coal mines and a steelworks and turning it into a carbon tax profit on not being properly consulted.
    “We will take our money overseas”. Take it and piss off, you can leave our coal in the ground as well. Go and try your crap in Libya or Zimbabwe and see how far you get.

  2. Gavin Moodie

    Strong feelings DrMick, with which I agree.

    I don’t see why business should be ‘consulted’ on the carbon tax any more than the rest of us.

  3. Barbara Boyle

    I listened very carefully to the business objections and gained the impression that here were people who were disappointed the Government was not falling in to line at their command. Not clear to me why these polluters are held in such reverence by some.

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