The New Conservatism in Australia by Robert Manne

Reviewed by
February–March 1983, no. 48
Robert Murray reviews 'The New Conservatism in Australia' by Robert Manne

The New Conservatism in Australia

by Robert Manne

OUP, 290 pp, $25 hb

The New Conservatism in Australia by Robert Manne

Reviewed by
February–March 1983, no. 48

Those who have hopes or fears of a Reagan–Thatcher hardline conservatism arising in Australia can forget it, if this newest attempt by the local ‘right’ to define itself is any guide. For a major topic, it is a listless, sickly growth from Australia’s whiggish soil that struggles – mostly unsuccessfully – for anything new to say.

Familiar old war-horses are trotted out saying predictable things, almost entirely in the spirit of left-bashing rather than of a constructive conservatism. Far from these being any glimmer of arguments for recession cures, smaller government or constructive critique of the Liberal Party, such subjects are not touched on.

Robert Murray reviews 'The New Conservatism in Australia' by Robert Manne

The New Conservatism in Australia

by Robert Manne

OUP, 290 pp, $25 hb

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