Dec 17, 2013

Crikey Awards: the policy hits and misses from Canberra in 2013

Despite the shortened parliamentary year, politics still served up both policy successes and duds in 2013. Crikey reviews the year of parliamentary and bureaucratic activity in Canberra.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

As always, having handed out the horse race-calling awards for best political performers, we high-minded types at Crikey like to hand out some policy gongs as well, in a pathetic attempt to pretend that politics might actually be about, well, competent administration of Australia. So the 2013 Crikeys go to …

Best policy achievement: industry assistance — the end of an era

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5 thoughts on “Crikey Awards: the policy hits and misses from Canberra in 2013

  1. shepherdmarilyn

    Why do all you whinging nit wits think that us helping less refugees is a good thing?

  2. libratorr

    “Detroit yet again uttered its decades-old threat to kill car manufacturing here without even more handouts from taxpayers, and a government called its bluff.”

    Bluff (noun): an attempt to deceive someone into believing that one can or is going to do something.

    With Holden’s announced closure subsequent to a failure to receive government handouts, please advise who was bluffing again?

  3. The Hood

    Bernard I know you back the withdrawal of Holden but the money required to keep them here was peanuts compared to the money we throw at ship building,submarines, refitting second hand rust buckets from the US Navy etc. it is money largely wasted. On the other hand if the the RBA can finally get the $AUS down to 80 cents US, suddenly Holdens become viable for increased exports and export income.

  4. scot mcphee

    Bernard loves the petulant dummy spit at Holden because the Govt. hates unions, just like Bernard. Remember this happened right after they panic’d about Graincorp … one rule for the goose, the other for the gander and Keane thinks this is “good policy”. Booo.

  5. Yuri Boyanin

    Helping refugees is of course a good thing. Helping people in general is a good thing.

    But two points:
    Asylum-seeking is a big business for some. The more successful cases there are, the more some will get rich on the backs of poor people. Which leads me to the second point…
    Australia, a country of 20 or so million folks, can’t combat poverty by accepting all 1 billion poor in Asia and elsewhere. Taking in 20 000 boat people won’t help in any way the conditions for the others. The only ones overseas who will benefit are the crime syndicates.

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