So much does Tony Abbott dislike the Finkel review of the electricity market that he hasn't read it. On Monday, three full days after it was released, he branded its key recommendation a "magic pudding" and a "tax on coal" while conceding that he had been guided by "reports of the report" rather than the report itself.
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I understand where he is coming from. Who wants to wade through 200 pages of a report they won't like?
But I'd feel better about it if I thought that at least some of the 20 or so other backbenchers who spoke out against the Finkel Report at the Coalition party room meeting on Tuesday had taken the time to read it.
I fear that most haven't, and I reckon you probably won't as well.
Read Peter Martin’s comment in today’s Melbourne Age - “Finkel review: a bluffer's guide for those who haven't read it."