A request for our political journalists. Instead of spending all of your time speculating about whether Peter Costello plans to stay in politics, whether Malcolm will challenge Brendan for the leadership, and creating your own little melodramas, can you follow up on this sort of statement?
But the former treasurer says the policies of the Rudd Government are largely to blame for Australia’s economic plight
“I think some big mistakes have been made in Australia,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s a coincidence [that] after the accumulation of wealth like we’d never seen before, 10-11 per cent household wealth growth, year after year, suddenly it went backwards,” he said.
Perhaps ask the elusive little genius something along the lines of:
- “Mr Costello, you have said that some big mistakes have been made in managing the Australian economy. What are those mistakes?”
- “You spoke about the severe problems in the American economy resulting from the subprime lending crisis. Isn’t it true that this crisis has had implications for many Australian institutions, and hasn’t it contributed to the downturn in the Australian economy?”
- “What, precisely, would you have done differently from the Rudd Government in managing the economy over the past nine months?”
In short, could you actually ask a question that requires him to back up his pathetic attempts at sniping from the sidelines? It would seem to me that this is much more important than trying to “Gotcha!” him by asking, “Will you miss federal politics?”