The “right wing agenda”

May 23rd, 2013 at 7:12 am by David Farrar

Clare Curran exposes at Red Alert the right wing agenda. It seems to be:

  1. spoke at the 70th anniversary of the Institute of Public Affairs
  2. Tony Abbott is advised by Crosby Textor
  3. The NZ National Party is also advised by Crosby Textor
  4. Hence the NZ National Party plans to implement the policy agenda of the institute of Public Affairs

Clare goes on to list some of the policies that may find their way into National’s policy agenda here, which she disagrees with. They include:

  • Allow the Northern Territory to become a state
  • Introduce a special economic zone for northern
  • Rule out federal funding for 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Privatise the Australian Institute of Sport
  • Cease funding the Australia Network
  • Abolish the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA)
  • Privatise the CSIRO and the Snowy-Hydro Scheme
  • Abolish the Commonwealth Grants Commission
  • Privatise Australia Post, Medibank and SBS
  • Halve the size of the Coalition front bench from 32 to 16
  • Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function
  • Abolish the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

I’m pretty sure we won’t see any of the above implemented in New Zealand. Well, we could try to implement them but Australia may not take too kindly to us passing laws on their behalf.

There is one policy Clare agrees with:

Force government agencies to put all of their spending online in a searchable database

That’s good to see, as I’ve been pushing this for some time. I would have thought Clare also supports:

Rule out government-supported or mandated internet censorship

As it happens I think many (not all) of the ’s policies are very laudable and sensible. Ones I especially like are:

  • Means-test Medicare
  • Abolish the Baby Bonus
  • Abolish the First Home Owners’ Grant
  • Repeal the alcopops tax
  • Allow individuals and employers to negotiate directly terms of employment that suit them
  • Introduce a single rate of income tax
  • Return income taxing powers to the states
  • Cut company tax to 25 per cent
  • Cease subsidising the car industry
  • Privatise Australia Post, Medibank and SBS
  • Halve the size of the Coalition front bench from 32 to 16
  • Reduce the size of the public service from current levels of more than 260,000 to at least the 2001 low of 212,784
  • Force government agencies to put all of their spending online in a searchable database
  • Repeal the mining tax
  • Introduce fee competition to Australian universities
  • Means test tertiary student loans
  • Reintroduce voluntary student unionism at universities
  • Introduce a voucher scheme for secondary schools
  • Rule out government-supported or mandated internet censorship
  • End public funding to political parties
  • Introduce voluntary voting
  • Legislate a cap on government spending and tax as a % of GDP
  • Legislate a balanced budget amendment which limits the size of budget deficits and the period the government can be in deficit
  • Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement
  • Remove all tariff and non-tariff barriers to international trade
  • Deregulate the parallel importation of books
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32 Responses to “The “right wing agenda””

  1. big bruv (14,217 comments) says:

    All fantastic ideas, NZ should implement all that apply here.
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    All we need is a right wing government.

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  2. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Not a bad list, however think the following would be rather difficult.

    Allow people to opt out of superannuation in exchange for promising to forgo any government income support in retirement

    What happens when someone opts out – signs the declaration, then when it comes to retirement is unable to support themselves? Are we really going to leave the elderly to struggle – obviously not.

    Whilst I can see the merit in what is suggested – I don’t think it can be practically applied. What happens if a person opts out, invests for their own retirement which goes ‘belly up’ etc? Any efficient alternative would still require the funds to be placed securely so they were available for retirement.

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  3. Manolo (14,161 comments) says:

    Who is Clare Curran? Does the despicable socialist deserve any oxygen?

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  4. duggledog (1,619 comments) says:

    ‘Right wing agenda’

    The language of losers who fear they have lost

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  5. kowtow (8,929 comments) says:

    Clare Curran ,who spent a lot of time in the Lucky Country should stop worrying about what Abbot might do and concentrate on her comrade Juliars’ accomplishment ,which was to crash the books and crushing the boom over there.

    Something the left are good at.

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  6. Keeping Stock (9,371 comments) says:

    That’s good to see, as I’ve been pushing this for some time. I would have thought Clare also supports:

    Rule out government-supported or mandated internet censorship

    Internet censorship? Does that mean that Clare would have to stop being a moderator at Red Alert, and banning anyone who dares to offer an alternate worldview to hers?

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  7. berend (1,689 comments) says:

    DPF: Deregulate the parallel importation of books

    Didn’t know about that one, so that’s forbidden? That’s probably why book prices in NZ are insane, and the selection so limited. And why I haven’t bought a book in a bookstore for a great many years, and why everyone is getting a Kindle.

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  8. Kea (13,544 comments) says:

    Why do we never hear of a Left Wing agenda in the mainstream media ?

    There are some good indeas in that lot. Maybe National will cherry pick some of them.

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  9. Harriet (5,199 comments) says:

    Well that’s what’s needed and I live here in Aust.

    “…..ease subsidising the car industry….”

    Over the last 7 yrs the car industry has been subsidised several billion dollars. In that time there has been an average increase in pay rises of over 30% throughout the entire industry. Teachers I believe, have got about 12%!

    “…….Break up the ABC and put out to tender each individual function…..’

    The ABC gets funded by more than a billion dollars a year, then uses the funds to sneer, insult, abuse, lie to, dismiss, pour scorn on, and ridicule, – mothers, Catholics, Australians, men, white people, capitalists, battlers, christians, working class, conservatives, drinkers, wealthy babyboomers, smokers, business people, deniers, property owners, truth tellers, historians, foreign conservative MP’s, rural people – and just one individual – Tony Abbott!

    Most staff at the ABC are involved in news, current affairs, broadcasting opinion, ect – the propaganda arm. Taxpayers are over the left’s misuse of funds.

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  10. scrubone (3,097 comments) says:

    I guess James Sleep was busy.

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  11. Chicken Little (633 comments) says:

    No repeal the Carbon tax on there?

    Abbott has said he will do this anyway but New Zealand needs to look closely at removing the ETS, there are going to be a lot of pissed off taxpayers around in a few years when they realise just how much the government has winkled out of them for no discernible gain.

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  12. toms (209 comments) says:

    These are great ideas! Now I know what sort of ideas DPF finds acceptable in the great wash of mainstream debate, I fully expect to see a Labour leader attending a think tank group that proposes:

    Nationalisation of the private hospital sector.
    Introduction of a Baby Bonus
    Creation of a State Advances Corporation for First Home buyers
    Minimum alcohol price
    Re-introduce compulsory unionism
    ensure a fully progressive PAYE tax rate
    Introduce a Tobin tax
    Introduce a carbon tax
    identify and suvbsidise new industries that employ a lot of people.
    Nationalise the big Aussie owned banks.
    Ensure the mining industry pays the full cost of it’s pollution
    Re-introduce fee university education
    Grant univeral student allowances
    Introduce compulsory student unionism at universities
    Abolish and forcibly integrate all private schools.
    Introduce state funding of of political parties
    Make voting compulsory
    Legislate to break up the media monopolies in NZ
    Nationalise Sky TV and use it to ensure the governments message gets out.
    Opt out of any FTA that doesn’t incorporate fair trade as its central pillar.
    Repeal the reserve bank act
    Introduce entrenched provisions to a new act that will ensure no parliament can pass laws that attempt to restrict any future parliaments ability to legislate on supply.

    Since DPF finds the IPA’s suggestions so reasonable, then surely these are equally reasonable, just from the other side of the political spectrum.

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  13. Manolo (14,161 comments) says:

    The ETS tax will never be repealed by Labour Lite.
    After all it is Nick Smith and John Key’s baby and generates easy money for the government coffers.

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  14. Shazzadude (531 comments) says:

    I found it interesting that Campbell Newman’s campaign for Queensland Premier in 2012 was (bar running in a marginal electorate) virtually a carbon copy of Key’s 2008 campaign. And both were very successful.

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  15. RRM (10,097 comments) says:

    It’s clearly not a left aganda, but I think calling it right wing would be to overstate things a bit…?

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  16. Ross12 (1,483 comments) says:

    This is the problem Abbott has to face when he is elected

    http://blogs.news.com.au/heraldsun/andrewbolt/index.php/heraldsun/comments/labors_surplus_could_be_a_20_billion_deficit/

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  17. Paulus (2,707 comments) says:

    When is Curren going back from whence she came – Australia (and a Communist Party member).

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  18. The Scorned (719 comments) says:

    Good measures that aim to role back the repressive dead hand of the State from our lives and liberties.

    Forget Right wing-Left wing….its Liberty vs Statism. Many of the Right wing here would impose rights violating measures as on our social liberty as easy as the Left does on our economic liberty….fuck em both.

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  19. dime (10,207 comments) says:

    “Abolish the First Home Owners’ Grant”

    really? they call it a grant but its more along the lines of “instead of paying 40 grand in stamp duty, youll only have to pay 25″.

    when Dime lived in aussie he almost bought a unit in cronulla.

    cost of unit 250k. legals 10k i shit you not), stamp duty 20k. ya needed about 55 grand to cover expenses and have a 10% deposit.

    back then first home owners grant was 7 grand, 14 grand if it was a brand new house. big woop

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  20. Graeme Edgeler (2,972 comments) says:

    After a query from me, Clare has updated her post to reflect her support for a few more things.

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  21. RightNow (7,014 comments) says:

    Red Alert is still going?

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  22. Gerard Barry (28 comments) says:

    The IPA is a think-tank that has been going for about 70 years. One of its strengths is that it relies entirely on private donations and does not seek or receive any government funding, unlike all current left-wing think tanks. Hence the recent celebrations which was also a fundraiser. Nothing wrong with that Clare.

    Clare should also realize that the IPA effectively led the defense against the Federal Labor government’s attempt to restrict our freedom of speech. The fact that Labor wilted and withdrew the legislation is testament to the IPA’s effectiveness.

    Clare should know that the real threat to our way of life is the incompetence of Labor.

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  23. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Talking of threats, Crosby Textor has a chequered history.

    [DPF: Deleted as defamatory. I suggest you check your facts]

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  24. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    David, I checked my facts. What was defamatory?

    [DPF: Your facts were incorrect. If you wish to attract a defamation suit, do so on your own blog please]

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  25. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Gerard, rightwing think tanks are heavily funded by big business, because they support business

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  26. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    The carbon tax will be repealed. The compensation paid to Australians for price hikes caused by the tax will remain. I guess Abbott understands that prices go up, but seldom come down.

    This does mean, of course, that a Liberal government will pay the cost of the tax, but receive none of the income, a bizarre position.

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  27. RightNow (7,014 comments) says:

    I see the Coalition in Australia is already being referred to as Labor-lite.

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  28. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    David, when I posted I was unaware a defamation claim by CT was proceeding in Australia. Under those circumstances your decision to delete was sensible.

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  29. Kimble (3,955 comments) says:

    Gerard, rightwing think tanks are heavily funded by big business, because they support business.

    I expect what you mean by ‘big business’ includes people who have made a lot of money in business.

    This does mean, of course, that a Liberal government will pay the cost of the tax, but receive none of the income, a bizarre position.

    Leaving aside your bizarre use of the term “cost of the tax”, the position is only bizarre inasmuch as political reality forces it to be so. Labor taxed everyone, and gave to some sub-group. If the Liberals tried to take away from that sub-group, no matter what the justification, the story would be any hardship felt by that sub-group.

    Far better to leave it as a sunk cost, and cut the next thing down the list that isn’t so visible.

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  30. Kimble (3,955 comments) says:

    Cease subsidising the car industry

    This one will take care of itself.

    Does anyone think cars will still be built in Australia ten years from now?

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  31. Kimble (3,955 comments) says:

    http://smh.drive.com.au/motor-news/ford-confirms-plant-closures-20130523-2k22c.html

    Bye bye Ford.

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  32. Andronicus (219 comments) says:

    Kimble, I agree that Abbott’s decision was realistic. His only alternative was price control, Muldoon style. Ironic would perhaps been a better description than bizarre.

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