Economics and Easter eggs - Speech, Federation Chamber

FEDERATION CHAMBER

MONDAY, 26 MARCH 2018

Coming up to Easter, my three little boys are looking forward to one of their favourite parts of the celebration—Easter eggs.

I, on the other hand, prefer the other kind of Easter egg—the inside jokes and hints left by writers in films and games.

If you look hard enough, you can find them in real life, like that 2004 moment when reality TV star turned US President Donald Trump presented an Emmy to TV star turned gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon.

It's not just in US politics, though. Here in Australia, you can find Easter eggs if you're willing to hunt.

For example, in 2015, Treasury outlined revenue concerns with the refundability of imputation credits. Scott Morrison forgot about that, but those paying attention would have been rewarded. Labor shared the concerns and were acting.

Or how about in 2009 when Prime Minister Turnbull declared he would 'never lead a party not as committed to climate change as I am'. The Easter egg: Prime Minister Turnbull lost his commitment to climate change.

Or what about that 2007 moment when Prime Minister Turnbull said that using superannuation to buy a house was ‘a thoroughly bad idea’. The Easter egg was, of course, that the idea was included in his thoroughly bad budget a couple of months later.

Plenty of thought for those who will be enjoying chocolate and Easter eggs this Sunday.

ENDS

Authorised by Noah Carroll ALP Canberra


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