Well done Judith

Not only has Judith become a grandmother – again, she has been slagged by Wayne Swan in his new book:

Every Australian should be concerned about how the anti-mining-tax campaigners manipulated media coverage to support special interest over the public good. For example, the views of Judith Sloan, a minor academic turned conservative op-ed columnist, were elevated above those of Nobel Prize winners who supported the tax.

Wayne, my boy, unlike those fly-in, fly-out economists that you liked to hang out with, Judith actually looked at the proposal and knew what she was talking about. Maybe that’s why …

Our message didn’t ­resonate with the community …

when

Politically, it should have been an easy road to go down, given the losers from it were mostly highly profitable foreign-owned companies that were taking our resources overseas for next to ­nothing.

Yep – Swan admits they couldn’t even run a xenophobia campaign against foreigners.

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46 Responses to Well done Judith

  1. Token

    …were elevated above those of Nobel Prize winners…

    Is he talking about the Peace Prize?

    Who gets to break it to Goose that there is no Nobel Prize for economics?

  2. Bear Necessities

    Every Australian should be concerned about how the anti-mining-tax campaigners….

    Should read: “Every Australian should be concerned about ALP governments…”

  3. Rabz

    Swan admits they couldn’t even run a xenophobia campaign against foreigners.

    Is there any way to tax Swan’s stupidity? It certainly seems to be a limitless ‘resource’.

  4. duncanm

    For example, the views of Judith Sloan, a minor academic turned conservative op-ed columnist, were elevated above those of Nobel Prize winners who supported the tax.

    Yeh – because the whole argument hinges on who makes it, not the facts, nor reason.

    Swanny continues to reinforce his idiocy

  5. Token

    Yep – Swan admits they couldn’t even run a xenophobia campaign against foreigners.

    Swan will always be remembered for this moment of hilarity.

  6. Swan also supports M Carlton and THAT cartoon!

    Geoff Seidner

    Mike Carlton resigns from Fairfax Media after intense …
    http://www.news.com.au/…/mike-carlton…/story-fncynjr2-1227014902423
    Aug 6, 2014 – Moved by your support. — Mike Carlton (@MikeCarlton01) August 6, 2014. Lots of great phone calls, too. Nice one from Wayne Swan, a good …
    Sydney Morning Herald — Imploding, Always: Divisive …
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/…mike-carlton…/story-fni0cx12-12270160...
    Aug 7, 2014 – Divisive and acrimonious columnist Mike Carlton had to go — again. While his … Support also came from sports columnist Peter Fitzsimons, cartoonist Alan Moir and, bizarrely, former treasurer Wayne Swan. It was not the …
    Listen to Colleagues brought down Carlton – Omny personal …
    omnyapp.com/shows/2a742a43…/colleagues-brought-down-carlton
    Aug 6, 2014 – IT was Mike Carlton’s own colleagues who sealed his fate, complaining … that former treasurer Wayne Swan phoned him to express support.

  7. Toiling Mass

    “…she has been slagged by Wayne Swan in his new book”

    A book by Swan?

    So I take it that he coloured her hair purple and let the crayon go outside the lines.

  8. Bruce of Newcastle

    Lets all remember that Wayne Swan was the best Treasurer in the World, which is why we presently don’t have a surplus after promising one over 500 times.

    Is that a record for the most number of lies by a Treasurer?

  9. Dr Faustus

    There’s a moral in all this. A Treasurer who presided over what is generally agreed by all sides of politics to be the most fiscally irresponsible and spectactularly useless government since Federation should not, ever, write a FIGJAM book.

  10. Infidel Tiger

    Jeez, Swanny makes Joe Hockey almost bearable.

  11. Andore Jr.

    Hey, do you reckon I could buy his book with a Borders Voucher?

    It’s just as financially credible

  12. Ant

    Swan admits they couldn’t even run a xenophobia campaign against foreigners.

    The ran a pretty effective xenophobia campaign against indigenous Australians on Invasion Day.

    Swanny and the team had the media in lather for some days at Abbott’s “racism”.

    Until they found out that the 4×2 was stuck firmly up their own collective arse.

  13. Ant

    BTW, it’s a sign that our political culture really is rather ill when a pathetic creature like Swanny can still have something he says publicised.

    In a normal world, he wouldn’t bother – such would his shame and embarrassment at having been such a colossal failure, he’d slink away into a hole somewhere and hope nobody notices he’s gone.

  14. Ant

    BTW, congratulations Judith.

    For the grandchild, that is.

    Not that other guy whose name I shall not mention for the rest of my days.

  15. David

    Swan couldn’t run a chook raffle in a pub. Ant the “world’s best treasurer’ has no shame. That requires an ability to critique your own actions and realise they fall short of normal behaviour and that is something he is incapable of.

  16. Mark from Melbourne

    Congrats on a new pair of grandchildren, Judith.

    Swanny… meh.

  17. Toiling Mass

    Swanny couldn’t run his nose if he was standing in a snowstorm in just a singlet and a pair of thongs.

  18. Token

    Jeez, Swanny makes Joe Hockey almost bearable.

    Moobs must have face-palmed* when he realised Goose is reminding the country how bad he was.

    * one hopes he put the meat pie down before he hit his head

  19. Michael

    If you accept what Wayne Swan says Australia should be in surplus now. Of course, there was a mining tax all along. It is called royalties and is payable to the States because mineral rights are owned by the Crown in right of the States, not the Commonwealth. Something Swan and Gillard never pointed out to the public. On top of that, Swan’s tax came to be designed by the three big miners and cost more to administer than it brought in in revenue. And Swan wants to continue this debate? Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

  20. https://www.google.com.au/#q=Socialistdystopia+Judith+sloan+swan+

    https://www.google.com.au/#q=geoff+seidner+wayne+swan
    I forgot – Swanee used to be my favourite target in contemplating who would win the Labored booby prize for ultimate asinity.
    It was never resolved -there was so much competition..Rudd Gillard Emmerson Conroy …and then there was ALBENESE IN TERMS OF JUDITH’s VERSION OF ULTIMATE INCOMPETENCE:
    http://cognatesocialistdystopia.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/vested-intersts-my-essay-on-wayne-swans.html

    Socialist Dystopia: NOLO CONTENDERE
    socialistdystopia.blogspot.com/…/the-labor-top-dozen-december-90-pvo….
    Dec 31, 2012 – Repeated ad nausium, ad infinitum and ad continuum. Just look at Peter Van Onselen’s amazing article on Wayne Swan, and Judith Sloan’s …
    Socialist Dystopia: December 2012
    socialistdystopia.blogspot.com/2012_12_01_archive.html
    Dec 28, 2012 – Repeated ad nausium, ad infinitum and ad continuum. Just look at Peter Van Onselen’s amazing article on Wayne Swan, and Judith Sloan’s …
    Socialist Dystopia: The ultimate Labored fool – Emmerson???
    socialistdystopia.blogspot.com/…/the-ultimate-labored-fool-emmerson.ht…
    Dec 22, 2013 – But how could you go past the Treasurer Swan? What about the … NOLO CONTENDERER? Hello Judith Sloan – A job for you if you want it!
    Cognate Socialist Dystopia: List of Recent JUDITH SLOAN …
    cognatesocialistdystopia.blogspot.com/…/list-of-recent-judith-sloan-articl…
    Dec 31, 2012 – Judith Sloan is Contributing Economics Editor at The Australian. … Wayne Swan bragged about returning the budget to surplus in “three years’ …
    Wayne Swan may be Treasurer, but he’s certainly no treasure
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/…swan…/story-fn59niix-1226579108413
    Feb 16, 2013 – The obvious question is: How does Wayne Swan rate? After all, he … So how should Swan’s tenure as Treasurer be judged? …. Judith Sloan ..

  21. cynical1

    There’s a Nobel peace prize winner on the golf course at the moment….

  22. jupes

    Congratulations Judith on both the grandkids and the Goose’s endorsement.

    I wonder what sort of person would buy the idiot’s book? Seriously.

  23. Infidel Tiger

    Who gets to break it to Goose that there is no Nobel Prize for economics?

    There is for economics, but not mathematics.

  24. Dr. Sir Fred Lenin

    The clowns who chose this loser as worlds greatest treasurer,were the same Muppets who have got Europe in a Terminal Financial State.Still that wont matter when the religion of peaces sweeps thru the weak western world with fire and sword. We will need another Charles Martel and a new Inquisition to cleanse the world of the islamofsacist Scum.

  25. Gab

    Thank Mises the Goose never endorsed Judith. That would be the death knell in the economics arena.

    Congratulations on the latest addition to the family, Judith.

  26. Elwood

    Who the hell would publish Swan’s self pitying bitchery. They are looking at a pulped rate of +90%.

    Imagine getting this as a Christmas present. I’d be changeing my will on Boxing day.

  27. Chistery


    Every Australian should be concerned about how a political hack with no career outside the Labor Party and whose only qualification is an Art Degree in Political Administration managed to become Treasurer of the Australia. For example, Swan, who couldn’t be trusted to explain the difference between a debit and a credit,engaged a defacto Treasurer in Ken Henry to write and explain government policy as well as do his day job of implementing it.

  28. Infidel Tiger

    Imagine being gifted Swan and Hockey’s biography?

    That would make an awesome Xmas gift for people you hate.

  29. Rabz

    Imagine getting this as a Christmas present.

    What a top idea. That’s the Kris Kringle for this year sorted.

    Now all I have to do is wait until various bookstores start paying people to take copies away …

  30. stevem

    For a tax to be good, it needs to raise the money that was planned and have the desired effect upon the economy (in this case they hoped for no impact). Clearly the mining tax has been an abject failure and warranted any criticism it received.

    How Swann has the hubris to claim the tax was great and to denigrate its detractors would once have amazed me. Today I have lost the ability to be surprised by the willful myopia of the left.

  31. Fisky

    I predict that Joe Hockey will leave the office of Treasurer having never passed a budget.

  32. Tintarella di Luna

    Imagine being gifted Swan and Hockey’s biography?

    That would make an awesome Xmas gift for people you hate.

    You are infinitely helpful IT – I am sending this with love from me to Nark Lateham

  33. Tintarella di Luna

    Swan’s book and maybe I’ll splash out and get one for Kevni

  34. Alfonso

    If you want to see Swanny go fetal….. yell “Costello”.

  35. Ivan Denisovich

    That requires an ability to critique your own actions and realise they fall short of normal behaviour and that is something he is incapable of.

    Correct. Check Swan’s form:

    WHEN top accounting firm BDO warned Wayne Swan in 2011 that his mining tax could fail to collect much revenue, the Treasurer reacted by accusing it of “substantial errors” and “distorting the public debate”.

    More than a year later, John Murray, the BDO partner who crunched the numbers and issued what now appears to be a prophetic warning about the design flaws of the tax, describes the impact of Mr Swan’s public attacks on him as “horrific”…

    He told The Weekend Australian he was still affected by Mr Swan’s attacks on his credibility and maintained he was simply trying to warn the Treasurer that he should not commit billions of dollars in spending from revenues that would never be raised….

    Same story when miner Twiggy Forrest pointed out the very flaw that turned Swan’s mining tax into a dud………………….

    Same again, when Swan is warned his carbon tax will hurt the economy without changing the climate…………………………………….

    Same deal when Swan was warned high costs and red tape here was driving mining investment to low-wage countries overseas…………………………………..

    Niki Savva says Swan will shoot the useful messenger:

    Stories abound about his extreme sensitivity to real or perceived slights. A couple of years ago one business leader delivered an innocuous speech setting out areas for reform including tax, skills, infrastructure and regulation.

    This newspaper led with the story, saying the speech reflected concerns in the business community about the pace of reform. That morning, a senior member of Swan’s staff rang the businessman’s offsider to inform him: “I had to peel the Treasurer off the roof after he read The Australian.”

    Often the Treasurer makes his precious-petal phone calls himself and, combined with his deeply personal attacks on individuals, they have muffled public criticism.

    RTWT. Judith’s appraisal of Swan’s record is spot on.

    http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/andrewbolt/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/swan_abuses_when_he_should_actually_listen/

    As Bolt states, there is a pattern here. Judith is just the latest on a long list.

  36. Pedro the Ignorant

    Being slagged off by that incompetent fool is a badge of honour.

    Congratulations, Judith.

  37. Squirrel

    “…they couldn’t even run a xenophobia campaign against foreigners. …” – yes, it was stunningly incompetent, and they didn’t have the imagination to spice it up by giving us Khemlani Mark II by promising to buy back the farm with mates rates loans from friendly international financiers.

  38. Mick

    “Politically, it should have been an easy road to go down, given the losers from it were mostly highly profitable foreign-owned companies that were taking our resources overseas for next to ­nothing”.

    That Wayne would refer to a particular party as a loser tells of his prejudice. Why then would a loser bother?

  39. Shy Ted

    Wayne Swan. The little treasurer who couldn’t.

  40. C.L.

    Wayne Swan: the worst Treasurer in Australian history.

    The only treasurer we know about in world history who couldn’t raise any money with a new tax.

  41. custard

    Swan is absolute fuck-wit who along with Rudd (FBT changes) and Gillard Rudd (RSPT/MRRT) completely ruined the car business (FBT) and took the wind out of the sales of the WA car industry (MRRT) thanks very much for ruining consumer confidence in WA.

    After 10 years in my own business in WA selling lovely shiny cars and 30 years in the industry consumer confidence in WA is at rock bottom. I’m out by Xmas.

  42. AP


    This is my own personal favourite Wayne Goose moment.

    Remember, this is following Costello’s term as treasurer, so it was more shocking at the time to see such gross incompetence displayed. It has become almost normal now.

  43. Ant

    Don’t forget the Indonesian beef market, custard.

  44. AP

    Oh, oh, oh, I nearly forgot about this one. So much material. This guy is a complete idiot.

  45. WhaleHunt Fun

    Shows how superior Pieman is to Goose. Pieman’s few words in the matter have sanctified a pogram against Jewish Australian school children whereas the Goose couldn’t succeed while telling leftist cretins what they already believed.

  46. Johno

    One of my favourite parlour games since the end of the horror, is to play ‘Who really was the worse former Labor Minister?’

    Conjob has been a recent favourite, giving the damning reports last week on his sheer incompetence running the NBN. But after I read a review of Swandive’s tripe, he has just roared back into contention.

    ‘There will be no deficit under a budget I run.’ How mant times did he promise that and how likely was it to ever happen?

    He was too dumb to even understand how dumb he was.

    What on earth had Australia done to deserve this sort of damage being inflicted on us?

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