Sunday, December 9, 2012
Australia's 13 biggest mistakes
Far from the wars of Old Europe, relatively immune to the totalitarianisms of the twentieth century, and endowed with ample land and resources to fit a country many times our population, Australia has had a lot going for it.
However, this also means that we can be squarely blamed for some of the disastrous policies enacted by governments either propelled by ideological folly, economic ignorance or naked lust for power. Some events, like our lack of success at the Montreal Olympics, Patrick White's Noble Prize for Literature, or the publication of On Liberty, have been pounced upon by governments eager to spend more taxpayers' money. Others we can lay the blame at the door of the judiciary, like the Harvester decision or the Uniform Tax cases.
But in every case, these decisions and events have moved us further and further away from the liberal ideal of small government, equality of opportunity and freedom of contract.
Contributers were: Richard Allsop, Chris Berg, Jason Briant, Scott Hargreaves, Alan Moran, John Roskam and Louise Staley.