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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbacks View Post
    Pretty much. I wonder if she got pensioners fare on the tram.

    I notice that police getting a pay dispute settled was front page of the Age this week too.
    Not as big a deal as the treatment of Overland by the Deputy Premier's Office. That's awkward tstl.

    I see Ryan is using the JWH defence - "I didn't know. I wasn't told".

    Worked for him I suppose.
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    The GST negotiations were in 1999 and Mr Howard needed the support of the Australian Democrats to pass the legislation through the Senate.

    The Democrats leader, Meg Lees, was horse trading. One demand was for the government to establish a greenhouse gas abatement program.

    The former treasurer Mr Costello tells Hartcher: ''This was 1999. Neither Howard nor I had much of an idea of what a greenhouse gas was, let alone how to abate it … Trying to co-operate without blowing the financial position, I whispered to Howard, 'Offer her four hundred.'

    '''Okay,' he said. '$400 million.'

    ''She accepted. I tapped him on the shoulder and whispered in his ear, 'That's not what I meant. I meant we should offer her $400,000'.''

    There was no way to retract the offer.

    ''It was how $400 million got expended by mistake.''

    Read more: $400,000 sweetener became $400m








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    Well just spent two hours at this Keating do in town. Bloody fantastic too. Loved his take on Richo

    "Will I go on little Richo's show? No I won't go on Richo's show - not because I consider him some horrible enemy. I won't go on there because I consider it has no heft or taste".

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    Wish PJK would go onto Q and A.


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    Give the man his own show

    Would be a hoot

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    Give the man his own show

    Would be a hoot

    Have the host station's defamation lawyers scrambling
    We could make it the Bolt/Keating hour and have them co-host a show. Would be the best comedy show on TV.

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    Gave a decent spray to Bob Brown - "Yeah look Bob, it was our cabinet that saved the Gordon below Franklin, not you. And I convinced the French to take Antarctica off the table for 50 years. Imagine an oil spill in Antarctica?

    So yeah Bob, back in your box. The Franklin River is nice, but it isn't Antarctica is it?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by howardj View Post
    Give the man his own show

    Would be a hoot

    Have the host station's defamation lawyers scrambling
    and call the show Godwin's Law?

    Keating in Hitler attack on Howard - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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    Rates cut .25%

    More sound economic management by the world's greatest treasurer, setting fiscal policy just right for rates to remain lower than 2007. Genius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    Rates cut .25%

    More sound economic management by the world's greatest treasurer, setting fiscal policy just right for rates to remain lower than 2007. Genius.
    Sometimes Burgey I'm not sure if you're parodying yourself or are being serious.

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    Low unemployment, low inflation, low rates, low debt, am efficient IR system which resolves disputes quickly, an economy the envy of the world, Joe Hockey admitting tonight the Coalition knew in advamce Qantas was going out and said nothing thereby stranding tens of thousands of people, the Coaltion advocating government intervention on interest rates and IR.

    It just keeps getting better on the economic front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stephen View Post
    Sometimes Burgey I'm not sure if you're parodying yourself or are being serious.
    Well some economics magazine did vote him the World's Best Treasurer....

    Seriously though, if you look at Australia and compare it to the rest of the world, we must be doing something right.
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    So who watched 7.30 tonight, specifically the Hockey-Sales interview?

    Christ. What the hell happened there? Some Lib staffer is going to get a right yelling at over that one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by morgieb View Post
    Well some economics magazine did vote him the World's Best Treasurer....

    Seriously though, if you look at Australia and compare it to the rest of the world, we must be doing something right.
    Yes but everyone knows that the "world's best treasurer" was a Bradbury award. I'm surprised anyone can keep a straight face while saying it.

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    stephen is so mad.

    also i'm amazed any liberal person is willing to talk about the qantas. i mean really just shut yr mouth nothing good will come of it. labor is just dying to slur you through workchoices why give them a chance.
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