For sheer entertainment value, Paul Keating was the best treasurer we've had for years. By his panache and style, Keating made economics sexy. A verbal spell-binder, his ability to coin a phrase to describe problems afflicting the economy would leave lesser mortals groping for words. Keating has popularised economics - we now breathe economics, speak economics and feast on economics. The monthly balance of payments figures are received like the latest cricket score. From the shop-floor to the dance-floor, everyone is squawking about micro-economic reform.
Recommended CitationMillmow, Alex, Profile: Paul Keating, Australian Left Review, 1(130), 1991, 3.