NUMBER 6 SPRING 2001
nothing new in Labor's parliamentary representatives under Kim Beazley
deny the ALP's egalitarian principles -
even in basic areas like health, education and taxation -
in order to make the party electable at any price. What has changed is
separation of power between the caucus, executive and party conference -
a separation put in place early in the ALP's life to check party
Power is now concentrated in a small, self-perpetuating oligarchy,
factionalism and branch stacks. The power structure of the ALP, as much
globalisation (or Labor's class enemies), is the real barrier to social
economic reform if Labor wins at the next election.
ARGY, former senior Treasury official and OECD ambassador,
argues that small
government ideology should not be mistaken for economic credibility.
out socially responsible and economically sensible policies (which
upset global capital markets), and shows how a progressive government
to egalitarian ideas would finance them.
explains how John Howard has tried to exploit endemic racism,
1988 and more successfully since 1996 when he refused to confront
Hanson. This implicitly gave her racist attacks on Asians and
respectability under the rubric of free speech and led to the creation
RON ASPIN describe how contracting out prisons and public
foreign multinationals (on advice from multinational accountancy and
firms) is accelerating the process of globalisation, without the
delivery or cost savings originally promised.
that, in broadcasting policy, self-regulation is no regulation. Good
should be drafted from the consumer's standpoint, not the proprietors
as it was
during the Hawke/Keating years.
real test of the social security system will come when there is
employment so that the cornerstone of the Howard Government's mutual
the work test -
will become irrelevant.
RICK KREVER discuss various tax reform proposals whose
objective is to
protect the revenue base, reinforce environmentally friendly activity,
competition between countries, and rein in concessions on capital
superannuation, and discretionary and off-shore trusts which mainly
why Australian governments cannot see that the adoption of
policies now will put Australia in the best possible position to
the low energy, low material use and low waste economics of the future
we should be following the example of progressive European countries.
out that unless a future government is committed to restoring Medicare
be faced with an unsustainable blowout in health costs, which will be
electorally damaging than doing nothing.
that associated with the increasing private costs of higher education
fall-off in Australian university entrants, particularly in the skilled
and the gap is being filled by full fee paying overseas students.
M LEGGE and
BRIAN ELLIS each outline their vision of an industry policy
future Australian government might adopt in order to avoid our
commodity exports, because we can no longer sustain first world living
with a third world export profile.
that Coalition IR policy tries to re-institute the C19th master/servant
shows its incompatibility with the needs of a modern industrial state
competitiveness is based on innovation and quality enhancement (not
cost-cutting), and where cooperation and trust (not confrontation) are
in employer/employee relations.
that a calculated electoral auction has displaced the national good in
national schools policy priorities and discusses what the outcome of
be in the future when teacher shortages are likely to emerge.
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