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December 30, 2003

Yes, I know that its Xmas and lots of silly things get said. But it does seem that the conservatives kinda like a Latham-led ALP gaining control of the Treasury Benches.

Why so?

Because they will continue with the economic reform in the face of reform fatique. Here is John Hyde from the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA) writing in The Australian:


"Latham could position Labor as a party of economic responsibility and reform by insisting that it will do even some of the things that established wisdom tells it that it should do but which for political advantage is not done. He could champion fiscal discipline, trade policy, if he's game labour market reform, privatisation and marketisation of service delivery, especially by the states, deregulation of law and medicine, the better targeting of welfare and, embracing all, the elimination of governmental favouritism. The present profligate Government offers him an easy target.
Australia has a lot at stake in the competence and persistence with which Latham proceeds. Even if he fails to convert Labor, his arguments should cause the existing Government, and maybe a future Labor government, to govern better than it otherwise would, even than it could."


What would then ditinquish the ALP from the Howard Government apart from economic responsibility versus profligate?

Latham has to control the lefties no doubt. That won't be too hard as the Right nearly controls the ALP organizational wing now. Latham's job, acording to Hyde, is to make the ALP into a hardline neo-liberal Party that loves a strong state. You know one the one loved by the scaremongering, paranoic conservatives: a big state that flexes a bit of muscle on behalf of the Americans.

Outdoing Howard is hardly a good strategy for the ALP to regain power is it?

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 12:23 PM | | Comments (0)
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