What to ask the PM?

Stepping out in her new role for the Guardian, Katharine Murphy contacted me and asked me for an economic question to put to the PM. It was nice of her to ask, and I thought it a worthy challenge, but couldn’t really come up with much for a day or so. I didn’t want it to be a typical ‘gotcha’ question, and I wanted it to draw out the PM. I would have liked to have held a Troppo comp on it – now that the Mercedes sports has been repaired from its heartbreaking plunge down the Burj Khalifa during the Dubai Grand Prix. But Katherine wanted not to do that which is understandable. So I provided the question which is below the fold which she was very happy with.

I’d naturally be interested in Troppodillians’ ideas of what a good question would be, though obviously the prize will be much less valuable – In this case an afternoon with the Troppo FJ HotRod “Rooter” for thirty doughies at Calder Skidpan.  

Political leaders generally have to present themselves as decisive and resolute and their policies as the right ones.  However they must often make difficult decisions, not just because they must balance the needs of different constituencies but also because it is difficult to know what the best decision is.

What decisions have you made on your government’s/party’s economic policy in the last year that you’ve found most difficult on the merits? What did you find difficult about them and why did you come out where you did?

The PM didn’t miss a beat as you can see here. She also gives a good account of herself in responding to Julian Morrow’s question – which in spirit at least was not a million miles from mine – which is to say an open one.


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8 Responses to What to ask the PM?

  1. Paul Frijters says:

    What to ask the PM? Hmmm. The most important economic decision of her reign was right at the start (the negotiations with the big foreign mining companies), so the obvious question in terms of the future would be ‘Could we expect you in a new term to re-negotiate with the miners, and what would you do differently?’.

  2. kaz says:

    do you regret getting into bed with the independants to govern? what would you have done differently had you been able to govern in your own right?
    ( no spin just the truth)

  3. Nicholas Gruen says:

    Yes, good points Paul.

  4. paul walter says:

    I’d get her to ask if the unstinting negativity of the Opposition could be having a deleterious affect on the economy and if it is an example of “whatever it takes” politics in our era.
    The impression I have of Murphy is that this is the LAST question she’d be likely to ask, btw.

  5. perplexed says:

    Since you have said you don’t support a ‘big Australia’ how would you approach ‘limits to growth’ and reconcile your Labor government’s claim to be “all about jobs”?

  6. Rex R says:

    A good question Nicholas. I would would have couched it slightly differently though. for example:
    If laws are like sausages, in that its best not to see them being made, then what is your equivalent of the cheese kransky, do they make you feel ill after consumption, and is that really cheese or something more disgusting?

    • Nicholas Gruen says:

      That’s exactly the question I asked. The Guardian insisted on translating it. That’s why you can see Katherine Murphy stumble over her words. I thought she did a pretty good job of translation, but it’s true that the word “Kransky” may have got under our normally unflappable PM’s skin.

      Anyway, since putting up this post, the PM’s office has indicated that the PM would be interested in a photo op inside “Rooter” at the Calder Skidpan. I suspect your influence in this.

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