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Confessions of a failed Finance Minister by Peter Walsh USED

Confessions of a failed Finance Minister by Peter Walsh USED

Confessions of a Failed Finance Minister - Peter Walsh - USED

Used hardback: .1995 edition ex-library book in average condition


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Peter Walsh always had the reputation of Being the 'hard man' of the Labor overnment during the 1980s. He was closely involved with all aspects of economic policy, ranging from the systematic and far-reaching deregulation of our financial system to the relentless cutting of government expenditure. He had the stamina and the conviction to cope with the arguments at the endless meetings of the Expenditure Review Committee — and the inner fortitude to say 'NO' to a whole range of special interest groups. But Peter Walsh didn't go into politics to stop people doing things. He joined the Labor Party because he believed in social justice and reform, and entered the Senate to fight for Labor policy and principles.
Confessions of a Failed Finance Minister is his story of those years in politics. He entered the Parliament thinking that the economic 'experts' knew it all — only to have a rude awakening when he saw them at close quarters. He knew that the Labor Government had a unique opportunity in the 1980s to achieve fundamental and lasting change to our whole economy — and in this book tells of how some of those opportunities were seized, but others tragically missed. Others have written of those years — but Peter Walsh is uniquely placed to write this account.
Peter Walsh also had (and still has) the reputation of being a plain speaker on people and issues, as even those within the ALP discovered. Both opponents and colleagues have felt the effects of his acerbic comments — and this book shows that the style hasn't changed, even in retirement from Parliamentary life.

Peter Alexander Walsh AO is a former Australian senator and Labor politician from 1974 to 1993. Peter Walsh grew up in Doodlakine, Western Australia, where he was a wheat and sheep farmer. He was elected to the Australian Senate in 1974, and served as Minister for Resources and Energy from 1983 to 1984 and Finance Minister from 1984 to 1990. He was noted for his pro-free market views. In his 1995 memoirs, Confessions of a Failed Finance Minister, Walsh was critical of his colleagues and of political processes in general for failing to curb what he saw as wasteful government expenditure, and unnecessary government intervention.

After leaving politics, he was a columnist for the Australian Financial Review and was particularly critical of environmentalism. He was one of the founders of the Lavoisier Group which opposes the Kyoto protocol on global warming. In a speech given in Adelaide on 20 February 2006, Clive Hamilton (director of The Australia Institute) identifies Walsh as one of his list of Australia's climate change "dirty dozen", a group of climate change sceptics with considerable influence over Australian Government policy.Peter Walsh is also critical over Rudd Labor's broadband and economic stimulus policies.

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