September 24th, 2013 | Uncategorized | 0 Comments
TONY Abbott’s government is up for a fight in the arena of ideas. Senior party figures recognise in retrospect that the Howard government should have fought harder to dismantle the infrastructure that has supported to the progressive project.
Before 2007, however, the boundaries were less clear. The Rudd and Gillard government’s willingness to embrace the nanny state and their submission to the principles of political correctness have served to illuminate the fault line. As I write in The Australian today:
Under Tony Abbott, there will be zero tolerance for evangelism on the public purse on anthropogenic global warming or any other matter.
When it comes to what is lazily described as the culture wars, the progressives have been kicking sand in the faces of liberal democrats for more than 40 years…
Labor returned to power in 2007 with a somewhat romantic view of the state, believing that its instruments could be used to teach its citizens how to behave. From teenage binge-drinking to finding the cheapest place for petrol, the all-benevolent hand of the federal government was where wisdom would reside.
As George Brandis explained to the Sydney Institute this year, the democratic Left is an unreliable ally in defence of economic liberties, but up to now it had at least championed civil liberties.
“Today, it is the self-styled progressives of the Left who want to ban things,” said Brandis.
“They want to eliminate the expression of opinions which they find offensive.” [FULL ARTICLE HERE]