Peter Costello

Peter Costello

Peter Costello was Federal Treasurer from 1996 to 2007. He has written a best selling account of his time as Treasurer which is now published in paperback. He lives in Melbourne with his wife Tanya and three children.

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First law officer of the Crown sets a second-rate example

Peter Costello As the police reminded us after a man was charged with the murder of Jill Meagher, people should be careful what they publish about a trial that is before the courts.

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Budget success is measured in numbers, not popularity

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Peter Costello Politicians responsible for finances are often under fire from all sides.

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Hard to be charitable about sports stars' philanthropy

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Peter Costello Like the Liz and Shane show, celebrity altruism is shaped by publicists.

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A cynical federal government launches a tax grab under the cover of crisis

Peter Costello Flood victims showed such grace and stoicism, some politicians anything but.

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PM's unwise rush to worship at the altar of Oprah

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Peter Costello Gillard cheapened her office by appearing on the chat queen’s show.

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The best price signaller in the land

Peter Costello Now that both sides of politics have decided to crack down on the evil practice of price signalling we might as well ask who does it and why.

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Bank kerfuffle has Canberra mired in its usual confusion

Peter Costello The baddest bank on the price-signalling block is government-owned.

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Libs toying with a gift for Labor

Peter Costello Some in the Liberal Party want to give their main opponents a free kick.

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NBN: the national boondoggle network

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Peter Costello Boondoggle is a word introduced into Australian politics by Kim Beazley. In November 2000 the Coalition government said it would allocate $1.6 billion to local councils to upgrade local roads.

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The green label is just a clever marketing tool

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Peter Costello Bob Brown’s push for more taxes is a far cry from carbon reduction.

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The revolution sputters and dies

Peter Costello After three years of not much, Gillard will quietly bury her grand schools plan.

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MPs awaken to the power of one

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Peter Costello The country independents - Bob Katter, Rob Oakeshott and Tony Windsor - are not accidental tourists who have wandered on to the political stage.

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Latham mirrors Labor's malaise

Peter Costello The ALP base is drifting away because it does not see this as a successful government.

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Don't blame Latham for highlighting home truths

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Peter Costello In a dull campaign, Mark Latham's report on 60 Minutes was one of the more interesting. I know the media canned it. Before it aired, Laurie Oakes told us Latham had "crossed a line".

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Convictions muddied in the middle

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Peter Costello The reason Kevin Rudd looms large in this campaign is Julia Gillard wants to make herself a small target. Gillard has been Prime Minister for seven weeks.

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Charter of honesty is only half the test

Peter Costello In the old days leaders promised big during election campaigns (''by 1990 no Australian child will be living in poverty'') and cut back their spending afterwards.

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