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Letters to the Editor
From time to time, a commentary on the world will bubble up inside of me to the extent that I'm forced to write a letter to my local, metropolitan, daily newspaper, The Age. This is where I blow of some steam. Feel like venting too? Add your own comment or visit my homepage.
Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Thursday, December 04, 2003
John Howard has shown an increasing contempt and disdain for independent decision-making bodies on questions ranging from monetary policy, a Peace Prize, a foreign invasion, ABC programming, to courts hearing cases on issues as broad electoral fraud and asylum processing. Who reckons that Howard conceives of an independent authority determining the "genuineness" of cases against clear published standard? Not bloody likely. Under the Howard/Ruddock patrician model, it will hinge on whose birthday parties and fundraisers you attend.
Conservative political philosophy has an important role to play in modern Australian politics. At its best, Conservatism can be an ardent defender of the great civic institutions: the rule of law and individual (human) rights, the separation of powers, an independent public service and the cultural, educational and scientific pillars that support public life and personal prosperity. The petty, mean version Howard has peddled is getting stale fast. The Liberal backbencher revolt over his reversal of (genuine) conservative principles is only the begininning.