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John Clarke: The day Euromoney was proudly lampooned by the satirist

The sad death of Australian-Kiwi satirist John Clarke causes us to remember with a smile the time Euromoney was sent up in the great man’s Clarke and Dawe segment, a post-news staple on Australia’s ABC network since the 1990s.

The norm in this section was that Clarke would play a political figure of the day in interview with long-time collaborator Bryan Dawe, and in 2011 his subject was Wayne Swan, who had just been named finance minister of the year (or treasurer, in the Australian terminology) by Euromoney.

John Clarke

Dawe suggested Swan had only won the award because of high commodity prices, leading to this exchange:

Clarke/Swan: “I’m not a miner, Bryan, I’m a treasurer.”

Dawe: “Yeah, but these people in Europe may have thought you were a miner-treasurer.”

Clarke/Swan. “I’m not a bloody minor-treasurer Bryan, I’m a very major figure in international macroeconomic affairs.”

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