The Fifth Estate: Wayne Swan in Melbourne
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.
In this special spotlight edition of the Fifth Estate, Wayne Swan spoke with Sally Warhaft about his time as treasurer, key moments of his economic management of Australia, and the infamously complex relationships within the party.
Wayne Swan served as federal treasurer from 2007 to 2013 and deputy prime minister from 2010 to 2013. Wayne was named Euromoney Finance Minister of the Year in 2011. He is the author of Postcode: The Splintering of a Nation (2005), and the much-read and hugely influential essay ‘0.01 Per Cent: The Rising Influence of Vested Interests’. In his latest book, The Good Fight, he tells the story of how Australia avoided the Great Recession.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.