Opinion

Is Mathias Cormann a good fit for the OECD?

By Tony Harris
Updated October 13 2020 - 4:26am, first published October 12 2020 - 5:30pm
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann listens to Treasurer Josh Frydenberg ahead of the budget last week. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

Mathias Cormann, constitutional monarchist, Jesuit trained, gave his maiden speech in 2007. In accord with the times, the speech referred to clean energy and the challenges of climate change. There was nothing about coal. But Cormann seemingly changed his views or was unable to propagate them. He now accommodates the passions of his conservative colleagues who praise fossil fuels and who continue to believe in lower taxes and ever smaller governments.

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