Saturday, 16 April 2016

Quotes of the Week

Everyone in the government knows that the past couple of weeks have looked messy; that it was naïve not to realise that the tax debate would be out of control as soon as state officials were briefed; that there should have been a better plan for taking control of the debate back; and that the idea of setting up a photo opportunity of the Prime Minister and Treasurer leaving the building together was a disaster. [Journalist Laura Tingle writing in the Financial Review, 7 April 2016]

The Panama Papers expose offshore companies controlled by the prime ministers of Iceland and Pakistan, the king of Saudi Arabia and the children of the president of Azerbaijan. They also include the names of at least 33 people and companies blacklisted by the U.S. government because of evidence that they’ve done business with Mexican drug lords, terrorist organizations like Hezbollah or rogue nations, including North Korea and Iran. [ The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, 3 April 2016]

It is hard to remember a government that has gone into an election campaign so ill-prepared to persuade voters to give it another chance.
[Journalist Lara Tingle in the Financial Review, 14 April 2016]

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