There is a problem for some sections of the contemporary Australian centre-left when it comes to ideas. It seems the only big picture that exists is the economy.
It is telling that many Labor politicians seem to believe that vision merely means having a plan for economic growth. There are constant appeals to the legacy of ”Hawke-Keating reforms”, as though saying the phrase is enough to count as a program. Reform has become an end in itself, and separated from ideological identity. Only rarely does someone pause to ask: reform for what purpose? And for whom?
Australia. Federal Capital Commission, Plan of Canberra, the federal capital of the Commonwealth of Australia [cartographic material], 1927Tweet
Griffin, Walter Burley, Canberra Federal Capital of Australia preliminary plan [cartographic material], 1913.Tweet