• Hannah Phillips

The Week in Politics

On Thursday Scott Morrison set out what he stands for in a speech in Albury, the so called birthplace of the Liberal Party.

He said his beliefs were firstly “a fair go for those who have a go,” secondly “we look after our mates” which means providing a social safety net for those who fall on hard times but with the proviso that it should be a trampoline not a hammock, thirdly we should contribute rather have a sense of entitlement, and finally that “for one person to be better off another person doesn’t have to be worse off.”

In order to able to deliver the services that people need the economy has to be strong.

The government has delivered a strong economy, allowing drugs to be put on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme and relief to be delivered to farmers in drought.

He said the government will keep Australians safe. One of the important things is keeping children safe from predators online and elsewhere. It also means protecting Australian sovereignty.

Finally, the Prime Minister said he wants to keep Australians together which means looking after senior Australians. If you love Australia, it means loving all Australians, including recent arrivals.

The Prime Minister reiterated Sir Robert Menzies’ theme that how well the country fared was up to individuals, not the government.

As the Prime Minister told the Menzies Research Centre, this was not a speech that established the government’s policy agenda.

It was rather a statement of what the government stood for. Mr Morrison made it clear that the government did not define itself through its opposition to the Labor party.

He emphasised that the Liberal Party was differentiated by its beliefs which were founded on participation and self-help as opposed to soft paternalism.

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