Hawke queries Howard's record on economy

the age oct 2007

Hawke queries record of man who 'buggered' the economy

Mr Hawke said it was the judgement of every economist and international financial institution that it was the restructuring reforms "undertaken by my government with the full co-operation of the trade union movement which created the strength of the Australian economy today.

"So instead of attacking the unions, this man should be eternally grateful to them.

"He should go down on bended knee and say thank you."