At loggerheads over Canberra's blinkers

The carbon tax and Fair Work Act didn't need to make Labor so unpopular. But the government has let them become the focal point for a deeper source of frustration from the business community.

Like Treasurer Wayne Swan I am a great admirer of the late John Button. There are very few politicians on either side in Canberra who have had a better understanding of the business community. That made him able to implement 'Labor values' and still be a business hero.

And it's that absence of business understanding that is at the core of why the current government is unpopular and leads a frustrated Wayne Swan to attack mining billionaires.

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