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10 responses to “Peter Costello, Tony Abbott, the Queensland LNP and privatisation”

  1. Peter Murphy

    Well said, Mark.

    One question that springs to mind: when did Newman become such an ideologue about the free market? I seriously doubt he was swapping Hayek and von Mises with the other cadets at Duntroon – a place relatively immune to market forces; any talk of privatising the Australian Army would have been ridiculed both by the students and the faculty. (There are good reasons why the word ‘mercenary’ has got a bad reputation.) So where did he pick up the privatisation bug?

  2. Katz

    At a psychological level neoliberalism is at war with control freakery.

    And Tony Abbott is a control freak. Given that he has ruled out WorkChoices Redux in his first term, all that remains for Abbott is a return to federalism such as returning health and education to the states.

    Yet, Abbott relinquishes control only reluctantly. Reference his federal takeover of a single Tasmanian hospital.

    Abbott will spend his time in office with his feet planted on both the brake and the accelerator. This isn’t a recipe for successful government.

  3. Nick

    Howdy, Mark, great to see LP back in action again! Hope you’ve all been keeping well.

    What do you make of the theory Newman is fuming Costello and Nicholls lumped him with all of this? (I won’t say where I read that theory, btw…it’s embarrassing!)

    That while he’s more than happy to hack into services, he realises the privatisation recommendations are going to be impossible to sell.


    “That’s my personal position; it’s not the government position”

  4. zorronsky

    In my ten years in the army I didn’t notice any democratic notions but I did see loads of control numbery. Phew I thought military dictatorships would be anathema to the Aussie psyche..not in Qld, at least until the cows come in.

  5. David Irving (no relation)

    Mark, in my 26 years in the Army (full- and part-time) and also working for ex-Army officers in civilian employment, I’ve noticed the Army produces two kinds of managers: outstanding, and hopeless. Newman strikes me as being of the second type.