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Not happy Kev

May 3, 2010

I’m struggling to find any commentator this morning that thinks the government’s response to the Henry Tax Review is anything other than cowardly.

But the unhappiest man of all is poor old Ken whose baby has well and truly been thrown out with the bath water. Tom Dusevic put it this way:

But the Treasury secretary’s epic script has had a four-month behind-the-scenes rewrite and metamorphosis in the hands of Swan & Co. The look on Henry’s face as the Treasurer outlined the Rudd government’s response to his major work was not quite miserable, but it was decidedly akin to a stiff-lipped director watching the studio’s blunt-edged cut of his masterpiece.

The Henry sequel we saw yesterday, shaped by the government’s message and polling merchants, had the slogan “stronger, fairer, simpler” but could just as easily be seen as something weaker, shorter and safer than the original.

The body language says it all . . .

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