News Weekly – the publication of the conservative Catholic once-mighty political organisation the National Civic Council – appears to now be endorsing the once highly controversial economic policies of the Hawke-Keating government that were denounced for decades in its pages:
“Contrast the Gillard approach with the most successful Labor government — the Hawke-Keating administration — which was preoccupied with being economically competent but forward-thinking in freeing up the banking system, abandoning old protected industries, setting Australia up for the coming period of globalisation, and encouraging self-reliance in old age for workers through superannuation savings.”
They’re right, of course, but we wonder what NCC founder and titan BA Santamaria – who spent most of the 80s railing against most of the above – would make of this assessment.
While the very well-read and brilliant man’s views on the economy always seemed deeply eccentric and time-warped to us, he lived to see the end of the Soviet evil empire he did so much to undermine from here, helping liberate countless trade unions from communist/criminal control.
We wonder what he’d make of the likes of Ben Maxfield working on the campaign of a marijuana-smoking, slightly reconstructed leftist member of the HSU crime syndicate, Marco Bolano.