Fiddling with Gonski while Shanghai learns

How sad that Australia's quest to be the 'clever country' is being scuppered by the re-politicisation of education, while competitor nations surge ahead.

Paul Keating's sometimes embarrassingly self-serving account of his years as treasurer and prime minister, broadcast on the ABC over the past four weeks, nonetheless yields a few gems.

In the final of the series, Keating said he "despised" Neville Wran's view that a politician can't get too far ahead of the punters. Keating, by contrast, said it was up to the leader to "paint a new horizon".



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