Further to my further gratuitous advice to the ALP it really does look like Wayne Swan is terminal as Treasurer.
Reshuffle in the Winter recess is a must! Macklin and Ferguson pensioned off, Swan to a large social portfolio and Shorten to Treasurer. If Swan won't go quietly then a challenge to him as Deputy by Combet or Shorten, and if it comes to that dump him from the Ministry.
PS The most telling line in the article "his propensity to always go for a political line or put down in an interview or in parliament led the Treasurer into trouble"...it sums up not only Swan, but the way the Government crafts so much of its narrative.
Novae Meridianae Demetae Dexter delenda est