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Current IssueQE70 - June 2018
How neoliberalism ate itself and what comes next
How did the big banks get away with so much for so long? Why are so many aged-care residents malnourished? And when did arms manufacturers start sponsoring the Australian War Memorial?
In this passionate essay, Richard Denniss explores what neoliberalism has done to Australian society. For decades, we have been led to believe that the private sector does everything better, that governments can’t afford to provide the high-quality services they once did, but that security and prosperity for all are just around the corner. In fact, Australians are now less equal, millions of workers have no sick leave or paid holidays, and housing is unaffordable for many. Deregulation, privatisation and trickle-down economics have, we are told, delivered us twenty-seven years of growth ... but to what end?
In Dead Right, Denniss looks at ways to renew our democracy and discusses everything from the fragmenting Coalition to an idea of the national interest that goes beyond economics.
“Neoliberalism, the catch-all term for all things small government, has been the ideal cloak behind which to conceal enormous shifts in Australia’s wealth and culture ... Over the past thirty years, the language, ideas and policies of neoliberalism have transformed our economy and, more importantly, our culture.”—Richard Denniss, Dead Right
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a thought-provoking call to arms
A very readable dismantling of neoliberalism that could be a starting point for the national debate we need to have
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Next IssueQE71 - 17 September 2018
Follow the Leader
Democracy and the rise of the strongman
What is true leadership, and how do we get it? What qualities should we wish for in our political leaders?
In this wise and timely essay, Laura Tingle argues that democratic leaders build a consensus for change, rather than bludgeon the system or turn politics into a popularity contest. They mobilise and guide, more than impose a vision.
Tingle offers acute portraits – profiles in courage and cunning – of leaders ranging from Merkel and Howard to Macron and Obama. She discusses the rise of the strongman, including Donald Trump, for whom there is no map, only sentiment and power. And she analyses what has gone wrong with politics in Australia, arguing that successful leaders know what they want to do, and create the space and time to do it. So where does this leave Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten?
“Both Turnbull and Shorten arrived in federal parliament as the most impatient of men. Both felt entitled to be accelerated into positions of seniority … but neither seemed to have a particular view about where they wanted to lead the country. They have had to learn the art of leadership on the job.”
Follow the Leader, Laura Tingle