Mark commented last night that a lot of time that could have been better spent on the 7.30 Report joint interview with Wayne Swan and Joe Hockey was wasted on a discussion of “Treasury leaks”. I won’t call it a debate.
This morning Fran Kelly is at it again, reciting “Godwin Grech” like a mantra while she talks on radio with the Treasurer.
This obsessive focus on leaks and leakers is one of the less instructive aspects of the press gallery’s hivemind, and O’Brien and Kelly’s efforts to somehow ping Swan on it are only allowing the much more serious issue of the Coalition’s wilful avoidance of scrutiny on its costings to go through to the keeper. Not to mention the complete absence of discussion of some of the big and real economic issues we confront – housing affordability, a two speed economy, an over-reliance on resources being some inter-related ones that need to be aired, but are not being.
Hockey and Andrew Robb have now managed to completely avoid any rigorous scrutiny of the Coalition’s promises, as Hockey has been told that Treasury and Finance require 5 working days to cost pledges. That’s now impossible, because their juvenile demand for a leaks investigation hasn’t been met.
And then there’s the fact that there’s a clear smear on Swan, with Coalition figures ranting about the federal police, trying to misleadingly give the impression they want to convey of a “government in crisis”.