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. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. 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.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.