Mar 28, 2013

The strangely malleable legacy of the Hawke-Keating years

Labor figures who now invoke the Hawke-Keating legacy appear to have forgotten what actually happened back then. And if Labor really wants to embrace the H and K era, here's what they should do on superannuation ...

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The vanquishing of Kevin Rudd’s leadership ambitions — at least while Julia Gillard remains prime minister — has done nothing to quiet the debate over Labor’s direction; indeed, that debate is more intense than ever …


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56 thoughts on “The strangely malleable legacy of the Hawke-Keating years

  1. Hamis Hill

    Malleable? Is it cool to know what a hammer is now?
    There’s one for the tradies!

  2. cairns50

    im a labor supporter through and through and have around 200,000 in my super and im just over 60years of age,not a big amount but i must admit even im concerned about them changing the rules

    why can not new rules be put in place for people who are 50 years or younger and who still have many years of work left in them to fund there super and leave the existing rules in place for people above that age limit

    after all we will all die eventually

    re the class war whats wrong with that? when the liberals, big business the miners and every other right winger stop attacking working class people then perhaps people like myself might start thinking different about them

    class warfare give us a break? i wont even bother going into how much the churches get for there schools compared to the govt state school system

  3. klewso

    Unfortunately, from the look, Labor seems rented out to rent-seekers?

  4. Richard

    on point bernard. thanks.

  5. GF50

    Bernard spot on analysis, and several posts already showing the unknowing of the confections of the “class warfare” People unknowing of the fact that it is only those on high income that are using their Superfunds as a “tax haven” to the detriment of those without high income to benefit mightily from that that “tax haven” and compounding interest.

  6. illywhacker

    Outstanding Bernard.

  7. JMNO

    Very good article.

    I remember that at the end of the Keating years, there were many people waiting with cricket bats to belt Keating as far out of politics as they could. He was resented for behaving like a toff, lecturing Australians about culture and how we should all think, and ramming engagement with Asia down everyone’s throats. I actually liked what he said but I knew many people who had the feelings I have described.

  8. Sharilynn Gerchow

    Surely Fitzgibbon has a conflict of interest here given that he must earn at least $190K/year according to the Remuneration Tribunal? Maybe Gillard should highlight that removing tax breaks on the super of high earners will impact on her Govt but they are doing it for the good of Australia?

  9. klewso

    I think it’s funny how and what some of these operators like to feed the press – if they went to Fraser Island they wouldn’t feed the dingos there?

  10. Kristian

    This is excellent stuff, Bernard.

    Thanks particularly for the details on some of Keating’s shortcomings. I’m a little too young to know a lot of what happened then, so it’s good to get some balanced info.

    That said, even in my relatively uninformed view, I’m sure he ran things better than the current lot!

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