The End of Certainty: Power, Politics, and Business in Australia
This text is about power, personality and national destiny. It is the inside story of how Australia was governed by Bob Hawke and Paul Keating during the 1980s. The decade was dominated by Hawke's victories, Keating's economics and the spectacular transition of these men from allies to enemies. The book covers the disarray within the Liberal and National Parties, the contest between Andrew Peacock and John Howard, the Jobs-for-Canberra push and John Elliott's dalliance with power. It explains how Australia fell into recession and who is to blame for the 1980s financial furnace.
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A competitive economy
The Elliott emergence
Howardthe social agenda
The Kirribilli pact
The Peacock coup
Towards the recession
The Tax Summit
The Peacock surrender
The banana republic
The Howard leadership
The New Right
Consensus business and unions
the false prophet
The conservative crisis
HawkeLabors greatest winner
BOOM AND BUST
The 1980s boom
The Liberals falter
The Labor revival
The 1990 campaign
Why Labor won
EPILOGUE INTO THE 1990s
Hewsonthe freemarket purist
The Keating coup
The end of certainty
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Page 10 - Australian democracy has come to look upon the State as a vast public utility, whose duty it is to provide the greatest happiness for the greatest number.
Page 8 - ... light, clothes, boots, furniture, utensils, rates, life insurance, savings, accident or benefit societies, loss of employment, union pay, books and newspapers, tram or train fares, sewing machine, mangle, school requisites, amusements and holidays, liquors, tobacco, sickness or death, religion or charity, I could not certify that any wages less than 42s.
Page 245 - ... masses. It is to be found in the homes of people who are nameless and unadvertised, and who, whatever their individual religious conviction or dogma, see in their children their greatest contribution to the immortality of their race.
Page 196 - Government can't get the adjustment, get manufacturing going again, and keep moderate wage outcomes and a sensible economic policy, then Australia is basically done for. We will end up being a third-rate economy.
Page 203 - I place economy among the first and most important virtues, and public debt as the greatest of dangers to be feared. To preserve our independence, we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our choice between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude.
Page 3 - The unity of Australia is nothing, if that does not imply a united race. A united race means not only that its members can intermix, intermarry and associate without degradation on either side, but implies one inspired by the same ideas, and an aspiration towards the same ideals, of a people possessing the same general cast of character, tone of thought — the same constitutional training and traditions...
Page 10 - To the Australian, the State means collective power at the service of individualistic 'rights.' Therefore he sees no opposition between his individualism and his reliance upon Government.
Page xix - Aborigines illustrates the first stages of the conflagration of oppression and conflict which was, over the following century, to spread across the continent to dispossess, degrade and devastate the Aboriginal peoples and leave a national legacy of unutterable shame.
Page 9 - I face the possibilities of this mine remaining closed, with all its grave consequences; but the fate of Australia is not dependent on the fate of any one mine, or of any one company ; if it is a calamity that this historic mine should close down, it would be a still greater calamity that men should be underfed or degraded.