12 May 2013: Laurie Oakes, questioning Federal Treasurer Wayne Swan about his fifth budget:
(last year) for example, 'the deficit years of the global recession are
behind us, the surplus years are here', now, that'll have people
laughing in the aisles..."
"So, are you going to get up tomorrow
and start your speech saying 'Ladies and gentlemen, circumstances can
change, so what I say tonight should be taken with a grain of salt?'."
another part of your speech that reads like stand-up comedy from last
year, you're boasting about spreading the benefits of the mining boom
via your mining tax. That tax produced no money... "
argue the fact that last year's budget is now a nonsense when you look
at it in retrospect, it's not evidence of government incompetence?"
change Minister Greg Combet is quoted today as saying Labor people
should be confident of victory in the election. What's he been smoking?
Have you been smoking the same thing?"
One Treasurer in search of a new job.
One journalist still doing his job.