In this podcast Craig Emerson outlines his political philosophy in a speech to the Sydney Institute on 13th June.
There is nothing revolutionary in the substance of what Craig Emerson says, but it is nice to hear a minister in government offer such a thoughtful commentary on the nature of government. And in particular to hear one say something intelligent about self interest and to talk about the importance of opportunity without banging on endlessly about “equal” opportunity.
Some response commentary here.
In these circumstances, last night’s speech to the Sydney Institute by the Minister for Small Business and Independent Contractors, Craig Emerson, outlining a vision for prosperity and fairness in a market democracy, is a breath of fresh air. Dr Emerson’s comments give some comfort that there is someone in the Labor Party who is prepared to argue for an intelligent way forward. This is no doubt due in part to Dr Emerson’s time spent working as an economic adviser to former finance minister Peter Walsh, who famously knew the difference between the truly disadvantaged and “rent-seeking spivs” and “hairy-legged Stalinists”.
I don’t agree with every detail of the speech however if Craig Emerson as epitomized in this speech was actually represenative of the entire ALP then I’d almost feel confident that the levers of government were in safe hands.