Australian Left Review


Karen Coleman


Up until the last few months it might almost have seemed that Australia was going to remain free of any concerted mobilisation of New Right forces, unlike the UK or USA. There, since the elections of Thatcher and Reagan, the rhetoric and politics of what has variously been called neo-liberalism, libertarianism, neo-conservatism, monetarism, supply-side economics or just plain Thatcherism or Reaganomics have virtually dominated economic debate and provided the rationale for rightwing assaults on Keynesianism, "big government" and the welfare state.



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