Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Keating just missed the cut, I had him as #11. The trouble is that so many of his greatest achievements were as Treasurer under Hawke not as Prime Minister. In fact his list of achievements as PM are pretty short. Most of his impact as PM was cultural and that legacy has been repudiated in the last ten years. Still, I feel that Keating may well be one of those PM's whose legacy, with the benefit of hindsight, will grow. If Australia does eventually adopt the cultural model that Keating worked for, a big if, then his legacy will be evaluated in a much different (better) light. Kind of like Sir George Reid, whose dogged commitment to Free Trade did not become policy until 70 years after he left office. A PM can become prophet-like with hindsight.