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Showing posts from December 2, 2007

The 'New' Liberal Vision

From his website (with a nod to Vincenzo): Dr Brendan Nelson’s Vision for Australia "That Australia becomes a country in which we value the health and integrity of human life, as much as we do our economic objectives. That barriers to the creation of wealth are seen as the enemy of effective social policy. That the idealism of young people is nurtured. That Australians live in a society in which their opinions are both solicited and heard. That every Australian, irrespective of circumstances, knows they will be cared for – but in return, each is expected to make a contribution to the society from which they derive a benefit. That we see ourselves as an outward looking, competitive, compassionate country, reconciled with its Indigenous history, imbued with the values of hard work, self-sacrifice, tolerance and courage." I am keen to see how Howard's 'battlers' take this, and how Abbott might play his hand in response.