(UPDATE: Now includes Kevin Rudd’s & Tony Abbott’s economic qualifications)
Rudd Labor have gone to town trying to discredit Barnaby Joyce as a credible Finance spokesman. So just how do Barnaby’s economic qualifications stack up against his opposite number, Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner?
Let’s take a look -
Lindsay Tanner – Qualifications and Occupation before entering Parliament
BA (Hons), LLB (Hons), MA (Melb).
Articled clerk and solicitor 1982-85.
Electorate assistant to Senator BC Cooney 1985-87.
Assistant Secretary, Federated Clerks’ Union (Vic) 1987-88; State Secretary 1988-93.
Hmmmmmm. A couple of Arts degrees. A solicitor. A politician’s errand boy. A union hack. And no trace whatsoever of any business, economic, or finance experience, at any time in his life.
Barnaby Joyce - Qualifications and Occupation before entering Parliament
BFA (UNE), CPA, FCPA.
Farm worker 1989-91.
Rural banker 1994-98.
Self-employed accountant 1998-2005.
Ok then. A degree in Commerce. A Certified Public Accountant, and Fellow of CPA Australia. Cost accounting for a multinational bank. His own accountancy practice. So, Barnaby has a relevant degree, and many years of hands-on experience with money and balancing the books. And, he had the commonsense to see and predict the GFC.
Finally, what about Treasurer Wayne Swan? The minister in charge of managing the nation’s finances. Your taxes. Surely he must have a glowing set of economic credentials… right?
Lecturer, Queensland Institute of Technology 1976-77, 1981-82 and 1985-88.
Policy analyst, Office of Youth Affairs 1978.
Adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, the Hon. WG Hayden, MP 1978-80; Special Ministers of State, the Hon. MJ Young, MP and the Hon. KC Beazley, MP 1983; and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon. WG Hayden, MP 1984.
Riiiiiigght. Another Bachelor of Arts. And then? Nothing. A career political hack.
So… who is better qualified? Who has the best, most relevant university education, and business experience, to manage Australia’s finances?
And what about PM Kevin Rudd? What are his business, financial, and/or economic qualifications?
Chief of Staff to the Hon. W Goss 1988-91.
Director-General, Cabinet Office (Qld) 1991-95.
Senior China Consultant, KPMG Australia 1996-98.
Ohhhh great! Another wastrel with nothing but an Arts degree. Never had a real job. Never run a business. Spent his entire life with snout and both front trotters planted firmly in the public trough.
Barnaby Joyce has far greater economic qualifications than all three of the Labor Government’s frontline economic team… combined.
Which makes one wonder - who is writing their economic lines for them?
What are Tony Abbott’s economic qualifications?
Tony Abbott – Qualifications and Occupation before entering Parliament
BEc, LLB (Syd), MA (Oxon).
Plant Manager, Pioneer Concrete.
Press secretary and political adviser to the Leader of the Opposition, Dr J.R. Hewson 1990-93.
Executive Director, Australians for Constitutional Monarchy 1993-94.
Bachelor of Economics. Rhodes Scholar. And held a real job, managing a concrete plant.
Rudd Labor’s attempted smears of Tony Abbott’s and Barnaby Joyce’s economic credibility just don’t stand up to scrutiny.
Perhaps the media might start looking at how un-qualified Rudd Labor are. Then they (and the nation) might understand why they’ve got the nation’s finances into such a monumental mess, in such a short time. Simply, they haven’t a clue what they are doing.