- May 24, 2004
Joe West said:Holy Smoke!
If the Republican party in Australia is the liberal party... is the other party MORE LIBERAL than liberal or is it conservative?
You guys need to change your political parties... Republican is conservative and the (tax and spend) Democratic party is liberal.
If you remove the label, you find that the Aust. Liberal party is the conservative party: lower role for government with more (US-version) conservative ideals. The other side is the Labor Party, which (obviously) has its roots in the trade union movement - it tends to be more (US-version) liberal. As it applies to Aust politics 'liberal' is very different to the US version.
As far as taxing and spending, I believe the historical record shows that the Democrats are the 'tax more and spend more' party, whilst the GOP is the 'tax less and spend more' party.
By way of a footnote, the Aust Liberal Party, which just won its 4th general election (triennial elections) has revealed itself as the 'tax more and spend less' party, though it recently promised to 'tax less and spend more'! We'll see...