Australia’s former Labor treasurer Wayne Swan outlines the growing oligarchy in his newest book.
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Vested business interests helped destroy the former Labor government and are now trying to run the country, according to the former Labor treasurer Wayne Swan.
Quotes from Swan’s book, The Good Fight, have been published in the Australian Financial Review, ahead of its release next week.
The paper quoted Swan as saying a small but growing group of “oligarchs” were trying to run the country, and that this was clear from some of the policies in the Coalition’s budget.
“Vested interests, backed by the current government, have prevailed, much to the detriment of our people and our nation’s future,” he said.
“In their world, a high-quality universal education and health services are a drain on the budget, not a platform for a fairer and more prosperous economy.”
“At the time of writing, the very people I have discussed … are now running the Abbott government.