Wayne Swan Accidently Spends Entire Proceeds Of Mining Tax

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It was supposed to be just a few quiet knock-off drinks on a Friday afternoon after another gruelling week in politics.

But it quickly turned into another public relations disaster for the Labor Party when Treasurer Wayne Swan unintentionally spent the entire earnings from his mining tax on a round of beers at Parliament House

Records show the Deputy Prime Minister bought three schooners of James Boag’s lager and a packet of lightly salted cashews for his staffers at approximately 5:30pm last Friday. The total cost was $24.70, approximately equal to the money earned from the Government’s mining tax.

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Mr Swan says he’ll be sticking to the waters from now on (image from SMH)

“I didn’t think anyone would notice if I bought a few drinks with some of the money,” Mr Swan said. “Turns out I blew the lot”.

Mr Swan has tried to divert attention from the blunder by calling for a Parliamentary enquiry into the cost of beer at Parliament House. “Seven dollars for a schooner of beer is just ridiculous. That’s the real story here,” he said.

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  1. Joseph Del Duca

    February 21, 2013 at 12:04 am

    Nice write up!

  2. uloola

    June 20, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    STOP PRESS! Wayne Swan has announced that in order to reduce the budget deficit voters will have to pass through a Pay Wall at the coming election to access the ballot box.He feels that this is a small price to pay to achieve a surplus so that it can be handed to the coalition after their landslide win.Such a selfless gesture is designed to woo back the disenchanted Labor voters who do not want to see the number of Labor seats in the house of representatives drop below double figures.