Only one treasurer spent more than Swan

It's all too easy to berate the former treasurer's record, but a look back over Australia's spending patterns tests the 'debt and deficit' attack.

Critics lined up for the national sport of Swan bashing yesterday, provoked by the release on Monday of former treasurer Wayne Swan’s new book ‘The Good Fight’.

Swan is an eminently bashable sort of bloke. During the Rudd and Gillard years he was often flustered, retaliatory and un-media-savvy in front of cameras. Perfect material for a media feeding frenzy.

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