The straw man in Abbott's razor gang

Progressives have depicted Tony Shepherd as the dark knight of the Coalition's budget offensive. But it's likely that the fiscal reforms delivered will be different to those desired.

It was refreshing to hear Transfield chairman and head of the Abbott government’s audit of commission, Tony Shepherd, quoting the late, great Ernest Hemingway yesterday. 

He slipped a line from The Sun Also Rises into his opening remarks to a Senate inquiry into the activities of the Commission of Audit. 

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