August 31st, 2014
Episode 52 of 83 episodes
Wayne Swan was treasurer of Australia during an extraordinary period of our politics. He was at the financial helm when the world recession hit, and steered our economy through a time of unprecedented international economic challenges. Meanwhile, on the home front, the ALP was divided by leadership battles – whilst ruling on a knife-edge, as a minority government. Sally Warhaft will ask Swan about managing the economy, the challenges and compromises of a minority government, and wrangling legislation through parliament in the face of bitter opposition from vested interests (including the mining, banking and hotel industries). They’ll also talk about Australia’s economic past, present and future. Twitter Follow the discussion on Twitter. Post with #FifthEstate. Podcast Missed out? Download the podcast: mp3 (31.1mb, 64m53s) ·See also: Part 2: Wayne Swan in Ballarat The Fifth Estate Since 2012, anthropologist and broadcaster Sally Warhaft has been the Wheeler Centre’s in-house news anchor. Her fortnightly live interview series continues as she reacts to the latest stories whipping up a storm in the media. Every second Tuesday, Sally hosts a dizzying array of guests from the political and cultural world, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs. Topical guests are announced in the weeks prior to the events – check our website for updates. 2014 events (all available via podcast on our website) have included Malcolm Fraser on Australia’s dangerous alliance with the US, Bob Carr on the culture of government, international whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack, and Anne Summers and Mary Delahunty on women, power and politics.