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Letters to the Editor

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Hubris from Coalition Ministers

After winning the Senate majority, Howard counselled against the perception of hubris. So the emergence of Soviet-style "political cadres" second-guessing government officials does not look good. Education Minister Brendan Nelson uses them to personally review thousands of ARC research funding decisions. In a similar vein, Health Minister Tony Abbott's office exercises absolute discretion with the abortion pill RU486.

In both cases, established arms-length processes are over-ridden by ambitious ideologically-driven politicians pandering to their political base as part of a protracted leadership contest. This might help them in the short-term, but voters eventually tire of arrogant ministers who prioritise pet peeves over the public interest.



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