Norm Smith Medallist
- May 1, 2016
- AFL Club
Recognising China in the '70's was legitimizing an evil tyrant?I didn't use the term neo-conservatism, I spoke of neo-liberalism. The terms are apples and oranges.
Recognising China's sovereignty was like legitimising an evil Tyrant. Plenty of blood money in those deals.
We're all sinners now. Every single human born is descended from cuthroats, barbarians and killers. Over a third of the population in the world descends from Ghenghis Khan.
And the terms - in terms of what both political institutions accomplish when in power - are not apples and oranges; more granny smiths and red delicious.
That's akin to saying that Thatcher was more like Jesus than Hitler was; true, but still very misleading.I called him Australia's Thatcher because he privatised, took on the unions and allowed for more free markets and trades that turned around the nations fortunes, just like Thatcher did at the same time.
Did he not do those things?
He was more like Thatcher than Fraser was that's for sure.
Fraser's achievements in office are limited to the establishment of the SBS, and the admittance of Vietnamese refugees; he ran into considerable opposition from within his own party for the latter. As a PM, he was a staunch multiculturalist, often to the displeasure of his colleagues; however, he attacked and defunded the ABC, hitting them with what is now a familiar refrain, 'biased'; makes you wonder why he created another government broadcaster, no?
He is overshadowed by what he did prior to office, and his role in dethroning a prime minister. He was very much a traditional Liberal PM, outside of his multiculturalism, in that he mostly governed quietly and allowed things to continue as they had prior to Whitlam.