The High Court was very clear in declaring that an Australian Court should not act “to protect the intelligence secrets and confidential political information” of a foreign government …
via Reflections on Wikileaks, Spycatcher and Freedom of the Press – speech given to Sydney University Law School 31 March 2011 | Malcolm Turnbull.
Turnball represents a growing constituency in Australia which neither of the major parties currently represent – economic conservative, socially liberal.
I really look forward to the election where Turnbull is the leader of the Libs (or of a new political party). It will be the first election in my voting lifetime with a party lead by someone I actually want as my Prime Minister.
I think the new class of economic conservative/social liberals of the world faces a fundamental challenge – how do they fund the social liberal policies if they are to truly adhere to their economic conservative roots? (or vice versa, how they do maintain economic conservatism if they want to achieve all the items on their social agenda?)
It’s idealism, and I love it because of that.
I think it will take a great truckload of management skills and intelligent policy for this new class of politicians to rise, and I don’t know if there are the people in politics now will allow for this movement to rise.
Don’t you think it requires a lot more funding to be socially prohibitive rather than socially liberal?
Enforcement, licensing, punishment (jails) are a tremendous expense that would be reduced for socially liberal policies. The revenue generation of punishment (fines) would be reduced so perhaps that’s what you’re getting at?
I agree with dismay though that it’s highly unlikely any new movement can rise up in Australia’s current political climate.