Posts Tagged ‘Alex Hawke’

NSW Right in factional war: Tim’s Thoughts

April 6, 2009

By now I’m sure all Liberals in Australia would be aware of the following article on the NSW Division, which appeared in the Australian a few days ago:

“The once dominant right faction is starting to fracture. Its religiously conservative elements, commonly referred to by detractors as the hard Right, are displeased with a group of right-wingers they believe are turning their backs on the social conservatism that has long defined the faction.”

And so on.

This article is unfortunate, but also expected; I think everyone knew it was just a matter of time.  As those of you who know me are aware, I have gleefully retired from the Liberal factional scene, and indeed largely moved on from party politics. Instead, I simply want to be engaged in the battle of ideas – to fight for the values of individual freedom and the free market that have led to unparalleled prosperity. As part of this, I shall support anyone who will advance the battle of ideas. Faction, sub-faction, or even party matters little to me any more (Clinton – you win ALP preselection one day, you’ll have my support!). As the current stoush does, however, impact rather deeply on the political dynamic in NSW, I do feel it appropriate I add some of my own observations, particularly my experiences at a Young Liberal level.

The first thing that struck me about the attack launched upon Alex was the frantic spinning of reality by his detractors. I note the following paragraph:

The view of the former group is that Hawke and his allies are prepared to water down their social conservatism to appeal to Malcolm Turnbull and his new leadership team, which includes Joe Hockey and Christopher Pyne, both well-identified Liberal moderates. In other words, they are being accused of political opportunism: suppressing their hard right tendencies for political preferment by a more moderate new leader and his team.

Which is a rather good effort at spin. Pity it has no link to reality whatsoever. If there was even a shred of truth in allegations Alex has betrayed his principles, I would be the first to join the chorus condemning him. In a heartbeat. My thoughts on Malcolm are well known, as are my repeated refrains for the party to once again reimburse true conservative values. Don’t even get me started on the fact you could count everyone who supports the free market in the NSW Parliamentary wing of the Liberal Party on one hand with several fingers left over.


Australian Prime Minister calls for Ultra-Keynesian New World Order

January 30, 2009

In the lead up to the 2007 Australian Election, Kevin Rudd – Australia’s Obama – pledged he was an “economic conservative“. Now, one year on, the truth comes out.

Having already broken his promise to cut taxes, in an essay to be published in the next edition of leftist-magazine The Monthly, Prime Minister Rudd has launched an unprecedented attack on the free market, positioning himself far to the economic left of even Labor Prime Ministers Bob Hawke and Paul Keating.

An extract from today’s Sydney Morning Hearld on the article reads:

“The time has come, off the back of the current crisis, to proclaim that the great neo-liberal experiment of the past 30 years has failed, that the emperor has no clothes,” he writes of those who placed their faith in the corrective powers of the market.

Mr Rudd writes in The Monthly that just as Franklin Roosevelt rebuilt US capitalism after the Great Depression, modern-day “social democrats” such as himself and the US President, Barack Obama, must do the same again. But he argues that “minor tweakings of long-established orthodoxies will not do” and advocates a new system that reaches beyond the 70-year-old interventionist principles of John Maynard Keynes.

“Neo-liberalism and the free-market fundamentalism it has produced has been revealed as little more than personal greed dressed up as an economic philosophy. And, ironically, it now falls to social democracy to prevent liberal capitalism from cannibalising itself.”

I repeat: “advocates a new system that reaches beyond the 70-year-old interventionist principles of John Maynard Keynes.”

In a little over a year, Kevin Rudd transformed from an economic conservative, to an unabashed socialist, dreaming of government interfering in every aspects of our lives.

He began by regulating what we drink. Then censoring what we read. He is forcing us to join unions. And now, it would seem, a new world socialist order is his plan.

Change indeed.

Update: You can read the first 1500 words online here. It begins “From time to time in human history there occur events of a truly seismic significance, events that mark a turning point between one epoch and the next, when one orthodoxy is overthrown and another takes its place…” Not one for hyperbole is he?

Update 2: To his credit, Rudd does not embrace protectionism. Not that that’s suprising considering the overwhelming bipartisan consensus that thinking rationally on this issue has at home.

Update 3: I recall that Alex Hawke MP, Federal Member for Mitchell “was once thrown out of [a high school] class for telling a teacher there was more to economics than Keynes.” I fully expect him to deliver the same message – in the same style – to Prime Minister Krudd.

Update 4: “Ironically, it falls to social democracy to prevent liberal capitalism from cannibalising itself”: Does this remind anyone else of “We had to burn down the villiage in order to save it”?