Private Enterprise's role in the state


Australian Financial Review


20th September 2006


Michael Baume rightly suggests (Opinion, September 18) that Liberal election success at the state level may depend on realising that state government is all about service delivery, not political posturing. He then argues the need for recruiting prominent people.


Maybe. But does it require prominent people to propose an increased role at the state level for one of the supposed basic beliefs of the Liberal Party, viz private enterprise?


Australia's already a world leader in the substitution of private for government services and usage of private sector education and health services. But there is considerable scope to expand that role and improve the quality and efficiency of services. What is holding the Liberal Party back?