The Liberal party is often a disappointment. In government they ran the highest taxing administration in Australia’s history. And often they appear to have little understanding of the philosophy of freedom. Sometimes this is because they actually have no understanding. But sometimes they really are (classical) liberals who are simply forced to hide their views for political expedience.
I think this is a shame, because by hiding their views they make it harder for liberals to win the battle of ideas. But the up-side is that after they leave politics they have the chance to tell us what they really think.
Alexander Downer was Australia’s Foreign Minister from 1996 to 2007 and at the time he gave few hints that he believed in individual liberty & responsibility. But in an op-ed he wrote last month he gives an excellent slap-down to the whinging dependent “idiot Aussie” who get in trouble overseas and want the government to come to their rescue.
After about 10 minutes as foreign minister I was a little surprised to learn I was “responsible” for miscreant Australians who got into trouble in foreign countries.
No, no, no, don’t get it wrong – drug traffickers, drunks, kleptomaniacs and fraudsters weren’t responsible for their own stupidity – I was.
It’s about time that great nanny in Canberra, the Federal Government, turned around and told people they are responsible for their own decisions.