How much influence does libertarianism have on Australian politics?
The first thing to know is that the Australian political system has very few libertarians in it.
- Chris Berg
- The Conversation
The only federal member of parliament to self-describe as a libertarian is Senator David Leyonhjelm of the Liberal Democratic Party.
Other candidates – like my former colleagues at the Institute of Public Affairs (IPA), Senator James Paterson and Tim Wilson – describe themselves as classical liberals.
Ideological classifications can get very tedious very quickly, but generally libertarianism is a variety of classical liberalism.
Both philosophies believe that public policy should be designed to maximise free markets and civil liberties. That is, governments…