Are Australians ready to embrace libertarianism?


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.

Cenat 1aOther 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…

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