I can’t let the day end without noting Keating’s comments on the economy:
"the economy is like the old car — you’ve got to keep servicing the motor. If governments …never give the car a service, we’ll end up with less performance"
Keating really did/does have an amazing way with words. One of the things that we stressed in our chapter on the economy in Imagining Australia was the importance of political leaders not only pursuing economic reform, but also being able to articulate clearly and persuasively the importance of reform. Today, with one simple metaphor, we were reminded that no one had that gift quite like Keating. There are endless Keating quotes you could cite….we’d love to hear your favourites…..