Australians should be proud of ALP reforms: Treasurer

Australians should be proud of the reforms delivered by the Gillard Labor government, Treasurer Wayne Swan says.

Despite the challenges of minority government, Swan said a total of 229 bills had passed in federal parliament, including the 18 bill clean energy future package to implement the carbon pricing scheme.

"Whatever the political events of the past few weeks, Australians have every reason to be proud of our nation's long list of achievements," Swan wrote in his weekly economic note on Sunday.

"Many of the reforms achieved were long talked about, but Prime Minister (Julia) Gillard had the courage, conviction and determination to overcome the obstacles and see them through to completion."

The treasurer said the government had prepared Australia for the future.

"Over the past 18 months, the Gillard Labor government has got on with the job of preparing our nation for change, like the shift in global economic weight from West to East, the ageing of the population, and the transition to a clean energy future," he said.

Swan pointed to Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens' comments to a parliamentary committee, which he says highlight Australia's rock-solid fundamentals.

"We have growth around trend, low unemployment, contained inflation, a sturdy financial sector, strong government finances, a huge investment pipeline and a triple A credit rating from all three international ratings agencies."

The minerals resources rent tax, skills and infrastructure investment and better health outcomes were vital reforms made by Labor under Gillard, Swan said.

Have your say...

tony | Monday, 27 February 2012, 9:40 AM
"Many of the reforms achieved were long talked about, but Prime Minister (Julia) Gillard had the courage, conviction and determination to overcome the obstacles and see them through to completion." Is this what we now call lying????
alan | Monday, 27 February 2012, 10:48 AM
Swan is delusional as well as a bloody liar. He has been part of this dysfunctional Labor train wreck from day one, what an idiot.
pat | Monday, 27 February 2012, 11:18 AM
The major reforms that you're crowing about, NBN, MRRT and the carbon tax where bull dozed through without adequate consultation and without a mandate from the Australian voter. You're a teller of untruths to suit yourself Juliar and now your infecting other members of your party with your peculiar brand of hedonism. They say Rudd was an egomaniac Hah!
dave d | Monday, 27 February 2012, 11:24 AM
Swan, get your head out of the clouds. Look at the Taxes you have/will impose on all working Australians .Look at the "boat people mess" look at businesses failing, look at the Greedy Banks , rising Fuel costs look at the hand outs to buy votes and the ensuing borrowing to pay for it .If you and Julia are proud to put your names to that then you really deserve the "lying" title
Albert Hofflin | Monday, 27 February 2012, 5:50 PM
Passing large numbers of bills does not make it any better, more is not always better. We are already over regulated and our freedom being reduced. Spending and indebting our children and future generations does not make good government or economic sense. Nothing to be proud of, it is easy to spent some one else’s money.
Albert Hofflin | Tuesday, 28 February 2012, 9:45 AM
Passing large numbers of bills does not make it any better, more is not always better. We are already over regulated and our freedom being reduced. Spending and indebting our children and future generations does not make good government or economic sense. Nothing to be proud of, it is easy to spent some one else’s money.
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