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One of Australia’s biggest mistakes claims Canberra is “a huge mistake”

By H1NG0 - 23 October 2009 96

Possibly Australia’s worst ever Prime Minister, Paul Keating,  has slammed Canberra at a book launch claiming that “Canberra is of its essence a great mistake” and has suggested that Sydney or Melbourne should be the capital. Judging by his comments, he probably spent most of his time in Manuka so that is hardly a great snapshot of Canberra as a whole.

You can read more about it here in the Brisbane Times.

[ED – the CT has a more comprehensive piece here.]

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One of Australia’s biggest mistakes claims Canberra is “a huge mistake”
barking toad 3:25 pm 23 Oct 09

The clock collecting undertaker still happily sucks on the public teat that Canberra provided to him.

Worst.PM.Ever. award shared with the insipid Fraser

deezagood 3:24 pm 23 Oct 09

Oh please. If he limited himself to ‘chinese restaurants in Manuka’ then of course he has a limited perspective of what canberra has to offer. Plus – canberra has developed a lot over the past 15 years, especially around the areas of Manuka and Kingston. Give me a break.

H1NG0 3:16 pm 23 Oct 09

lula said :

The expectations placed on Canberra are like expecting a baby to go out and get a haircut and get a job.

Hahaha thats a great quote

Rad Dave 3:06 pm 23 Oct 09

Ahh PJK.. Always entertaining and ideas before his time- we miss you!

lula 2:51 pm 23 Oct 09

I have to say I agree, and Canberra continues to careen from one mistake to the next, but you have to admit we’re doing pretty bloody well considering this was a sheep paddock less that one hundred years ago. The expectations placed on Canberra are like expecting a baby to go out and get a haircut and get a job.

S4anta 2:49 pm 23 Oct 09

Say what you like about Keating, but seeing he was paid to bring attention to Hirst’s book via a public speaking engagement, he’s definately sucked in a fair bit of the greater unwashed.

Postalgeek 2:39 pm 23 Oct 09

Had I known he hated Canberra so much, I would’ve voted for him.

Silentforce 2:35 pm 23 Oct 09

Unfortunately, every once in a while, former politicians of all parties like to crow up to the media. It’s like saying “Hey! Remember me?”

Once they are EX, they should ponder why they are EX and STAY EX.

This would assure them of their best place in history and potentially earn them the title of ‘statesman’.

What did Paul Whatshisname do again?

Muttsybignuts 2:35 pm 23 Oct 09

Who cares what an old has been like Keating thinks?

Gungahlin Al 2:31 pm 23 Oct 09

niftydog said :

Paul Keating = attention whore. Ignore him and he’ll go away… until one of his chums has another book launch.

+1

And as for Fraser bagging out APH, I think we have one of the most outstanding seats of government in the world and a building to be truly proud of.

toriness 2:28 pm 23 Oct 09

no one pays any attention to him except SMH love reporting everything he says because he’s so sydney-centric. i thought he said it had to be sydney because it was australia’s ‘only world class city’. yawn yawn yawn.

Chop71 2:24 pm 23 Oct 09

Can’t wait till his next visit.

I’ll supply the rotten fruit 😉

AngryHenry 1:53 pm 23 Oct 09

Oh come on.

He said ‘great mistake’. That’s better than say a big mistake, or the worst mistake of someone’s life isn’t it?

We thrive on being outraged don’t we?

niftydog 1:49 pm 23 Oct 09

Paul Keating = attention whore. Ignore him and he’ll go away… until one of his chums has another book launch.

Inappropriate 1:38 pm 23 Oct 09

No matter where the national capital is, the politicians would still have to live in motels and eat take-away food.

Can’t please everyone: they’d always find something to complain about.

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