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Australians are hard markers


Sam Roggeveen


21 September 2011 10:35

As you've no doubt heard by now, Euromoney has named federal Treasurer Wayne Swan its finance minister of the year. As a rule, Australians tend to crave international recognition, yet we're not always ready to accept it. This from Euromoney's lead story:

Through (Australians') gloomy prism, things are grim, and they're pointing fingers at the government. Indeed, during this 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union, there's something of Gorbachev about Swan and Labor; hailed abroad by everyone from the IMF to the OECD but loathed at home. Or perhaps it's a little like what sport-obsessed Australians are world renowned for. They hate it when the referee intervenes in an epic battle. Sport is best contested when the umpire is invisible, which usually means he's doing a good job. But Australian umpires, like their politicians, aren't to be praised, no matter how well run the contest.

Euromoney also has a companion piece about how the lead article was written. They tried to get in touch with former Treasurer and Prime Minister Paul Keating:

When Euromoney sought comment from the only other Australian ever to have received our award, the famously flinty Keating's instinctive reaction was to tell us "to just f**k off" and "I couldn't give a f**k", while curtly offering what appeared to be travel advice, suggesting we visit some place called "buggery".