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Keating on the Opposition – “Shut Up and Listen and You Might Learn Something” – Edna Carew and Patrick Cook

February 19th, 2012 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Conservative Politics, Economics, Policy, Politics, Power, Progressive Politics, Quotes

“You were heard in silence, so some of you scumbags on the front bench should just wait a minute until you hear the responses from me…

You were in office from 1949 to 1983 bar three years…. And you left everything the way you found it. The place got old and tired and worn out, just like you are… For 30 years all we had was Black Jack McEwen trowelling on the tariff protection while he was kidding farmers he was representing them. And Liberal Party Treasurers, handed speeches by Treasury officials… they couldn’t even read the speeches, let alone comprehend the stuff. That’s how you ran the Commonwealth. The mandarins ran things… you wouldn’t worry about the detail. Because you NEVER ran the policy. You never RAN the place. We run the departments, we run the policy. We comprehend. We know.”

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