Relevance Deprivation syndrome strikes again

Paul Keating: When he wants your opinion, he’ll give it to you. Photo: Paul Miller/AAP

Paul Keating’s former cabinet colleague, Gareth Evans, once coined the phrase, “Relevance Deprivation Syndrome” to describe former politicians who just can’t enjoy their overly-generous superannuation entitlements quietly. Instead, these sad souls feel compelled to periodically try to inject themselves into the public discourse.

Keating should have taken note, but, once again, the fellow who flattered himself with comparisons to Placido Domingo has seen fit to subject the public to his unwanted opinions. And, once again, Keating is trying to ride his favourite hobby-horse: an Australian republic.


On the eve of the visit by the Prince of Wales, Mr Keating said Charles believes Australia should sever its ties with the monarchy of Great Britain and become a republic, charting its own independent course as a nation.

“I have no doubt he believes Australia should be free of the British monarchy and that it should make its own way in the world,” Mr Keating said.

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There is, of course, the slight problem that Prince Charles has said nothing of the sort.


Tony Abbott has hit back … accusing Mr Keating of “verballing” the prince on the issue.

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Which is a polite way of saying that Keating is talking through his rear end.


Mr Keating’s comments put the republican issue squarely on the agenda in the context of the visit by Prince Charles.

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Which is also a polite way of saying that a has-been politician is trying to hijack a state occasion in order to browbeat everyone yet again. Someone needs to tell this bloke that, outside of the odd suburban ALP branch meeting, nobody’s the least interested in what he has to say.


The former prime minister believes Australia cannot claim to be a “great” nation while it borrows the monarch of Great Britain.

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And Australians believe that the former prime minister is wrong, and they voted accordingly, nearly twenty years ago.

Keating only ever won one election as Prime Minister, before being crushed by John Howard in 1996. His grand vision for an Australian republic was unequivocally rejected a few years later. He didn’t even get to officiate at the Sydney Olympics. Apparently, not even the passing of two decades has been able to heal the blows to his legendary ego.

Keating might benefit from watching a few Disney movies in his retirement, especially Frozen. As the song says, Paul: Let it go.


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