What happened? Where did conservatism in Australia go astray?

The answer is not one thing, it is multi-faceted. Taken together, these seven trends over the past 78 years have produced the current predicament for conservatism:

  • It sided with Big Business and the Big End of Town instead of with market competition to break-up cartels and favour small and family businesses
  • It didn’t take enough interest in the well-being of workers and their families
  • It overlooked the importance of civil society in creating sustainable, self-reliant families and communities, and became too comfortable with Big Government and Big Bureaucracy
  • It swallowed the mantra of neo-liberalism that economics is the only thing that matters, and allowed the Left to take over the humanities and cultural institutions
  • It aligned itself with career politicians and forgot that the core idea of democracy is citizen self-government
  • It was too slow to embrace the multi-ethnicity, multi-faith character of our country
  • It accepted high levels of government debt, transferred responsibility for debt repayment to the next generation, and abandoned the prudent conservative practice of living within our means
  • It ceased being pro-active in ordering society, and became reactive and defensive

Published by Nelle

I am interested in writing short stories for my pleasure and my family's but although I have published four family books I will not go down that path again but still want what I write out there so I will see how this goes

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