Monday, August 30, 2010

Australia - Need to resolve disputes over NBN in creating a new government

[abc] In any case, there's really only one election policy that needs to survive the negotiations with independents: the NBN. And that was only part of the election because the Opposition promised to cancel it; like all good reforms, the NBN was never voted for.

No other policy stands out as particularly crucial. Both sides issued a blizzard of announcements during the campaign designed to appeal to marginal electorates or specific interest groups. Many of these were perfectly good ideas, but if they hit the bin as a result of this week's discussions, the nation won't suffer.

Election policies are merely a product of Australia's marketing-based two-party political system.

Two-speed economy brings a two-speed polity

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