March 8th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
IN its first election as a united political force, the Liberal Party ran a forceful campaign against the post-war Labor government’s fondness for form filling including this full-page advertisement in the The Bulletin in April 1946.
In The Weekend Australian today I write:
Shortly before Christmas, Liberal Party Director Brian Loughnane presented a faded copy of the advertisement to Josh Frydenberg.
It now hangs on the parliamentary secretary’s wall; a reminder that for the Liberals eliminating red tape is more than a dispassionate exercise in economic efficiency.
It goes to the heart of party’s founding ideology; excessive regulation is a burden on free enterprise and an offence to personal liberty…
The arguments about central planning, nationalization and economic intervention that dominated the debate in the 1940s have been settled. Both sides of politics acknowledge the primacy of free markets, notwithstanding occasional backsliding.
Today it is not so much state intervention in industry that divides the parties, but the nationalization of everyday life.
The Coalition’s deregulation campaign represents a counter attack against the regulatory zeal of the modern technocratic state, the tendency in western democracies to extend the reach and proscription of legal codes to produce what the late political scientist Kenneth Minogue called “soft totalitarianism”.