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  •  Being 'right wing' is all good and well (1+ / 0-)
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    but when comparing US and Australian politics you need to consider that in general American politics is very right wing (even the Democrats by comparison) and Australian politics (even the Liberals) is quite left wing so the reality is the Australian Liberals share a lot more with the American Democrats than most would understand.

    •  that wasn't my impression (0+ / 0-)

      of John Howard, at least. Perhaps other elements of the party were more moderate.

      Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 08:01:20 PM PDT

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    •  also, I don't agree that it is (1+ / 0-)
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      necessary to compare them in absolute terms. Yes, the center of gravity in American politics, particularly on social welfare issues, is further to the right, and Australia has a different position in global affairs. But the Liberal Party holds a similar position relative to Australian politics that the Republican Party holds relative to American politics.

      Gondwana has always been at war with Laurasia.

      by AaronInSanDiego on Sun Aug 18, 2013 at 08:15:46 PM PDT

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      •  Yes in relative terms (1+ / 0-)
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        I totally agree, but in terms of ideology it is certainly not as cut and dry as that. For example the Liberal party in Australia would not even consider eliminating either Social Welfare or Medicaid, whereas here it has now become a mainstream Republican meme.

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