This is a page of links to pdf files of press cuttings from the mid 1980s when the debate about economic reform started to get really vigorous. Some of these are slow to load, so be patient.
This is the list of links. It is pretty scary stuff. Have we progressed?
Alan Ashbolt, far left pioneer in the ABC, reviews a collection of papers rubbishing the New Right, notably citing dozens of their own publications but next to nothing from the actual people or think tanks of the movement.
A piece from The Bulletin documenting the “over the top” rhetoric of Bob Hawke and others attempting to discredit the reformers.
The national president of the ALP, calling the troops to rally and defeat the New Right.
Neville Wran, in the John Curtin Memorial Lecture, calls the NR “anti-Australian”.
A piece by (then) young Glenn Milne on “the politics of hate”.
A really silly piece by Phillip Adams.
Barry Unsworth, then Premier of NSW, preparing to “beat the issue of the NR to death” before the Greiner landslide. Sadly, much of the Greiner landslide was a reaction against Federal ALP reforms and they struggled to win a second term.
Employer representative labels the NR “fascists”! Over the top attacks were bipartisan.
SMH commentary on the radicalism of the NR. Not too bad for the SMH! It has clearly gone backwards.
Strong language from the Labor left – nazis!
Gary Punch (ALP) on the IR landscape after an epic win for the good guys at the Mudginberri meatworks.
Senator Walsh warns that the bad guys are taking over the Libs. If only!
Good profile of some important movers in Western Mining, Hugh Morgan and Arvo Parbi.
John Hyde on the capture of the intellectual high ground!