Original article by Phillip Coorey
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 4 : 28-Aug-19
Labor has come under intense scrutiny following its federal election loss on 18 May. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has attributed the election defeat to Labor’s adoption of socialist economics, which prompted voters to overlook the Coalition’s own shortcomings. Cormann has also used a Sydney Institute speech to argue that Labor won the 2007 election because Kevin Rudd persuaded voters that he was an economic conservative in the same mould as John Howard, but Labor subsequently re-embraced the socialist left under treasurer Wayne Swan.
AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF FINANCE, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, SYDNEY INSTITUTE