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February 26, 2003

What can reformist state Labor Governments in a modern, competitive reformed Australia that emerged out of the Hawke-Keating years? What can they do in a globalised world apart from keeping things ticking over?

One answer is provided by the Carr Government in NSW. The style is one of cautiously working within mainstream consensus, modernisation of public infrastructure, being tough on law and order and substantive public works. It is a style of whatever it takes to retain political power. Harmony resides in the centre because economics and justice have been reconciled. The disfiguring of social life is found in the outer suburbs, which are marked by ethnic conflict that requires police action to contain the disorder.

There is a promise to put the regional economy on a more ecologoically sustainable footing, but the Carr Government has backed away from putting in place two strategic natural resource management strategies with respect to the clearing of native vegetation and returning water to the state's rivers. So no cohesive statewide direction towards sustainability is discernable as the state election approaches. See here for an environmental eye on the state election.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 2:30 PM | | Comments (0)