Gaita is Professor of Moral Philosophy at King's College, University of London and Professor of Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University, so is perfectly positioned to argue "for a conception of politics in which morality is not an optional extra". His main Australian "targets" in this essay are the politicians who have the power to shape the current Australian thinking and the future of Australian society.
In other words, the current Federal Government. He's not one to take any form of criticism lightly. I can only assume that the current "silly season", when everyone is more interested in sunshine and sport, is the only thing that has kept him slavering all over the newspaper "Op-Ed" pages in response to this essay. I've been having a lot of trouble coming to terms with the re-election of the Howard coalition government in last October's Federal election.
I haven't been overly enamoured with the other side of politics the Australian Labor Party for the past several years, but I felt they had a reasonable chance this time of upsetting a government which I considered had lost its way, and lost the trust of the Australian people. The final result, where the coalition won control of both Houses of Federal Parliament, shocked and appalled me, and proved that, as a political pundit, I have no idea. John Howard and I go back a long way.
My memory of events thirty years ago may not be exactly correct but I have read recently that Howard entered Federal politics in the general election in , the election that returned the Whitlam Government. As best I can figure out, that was the first election in which I was legally entitled to vote and, given that voting is compulsory in Australia, it was the first election in which I cast a ballot.
So Howard has been a part of my visual and auditory landscape for the whole of my political life. It is not something I look back on very kindly. Howard's political history is long and detailed: he became Minister for Special Trade Negotiations in and then Treasurer in Fraser's Government in ; he was Leader of the Opposition more times than I care to remember, and was finally elected Prime Minister the position he had always coveted in March He has been in that position ever since, recently becoming the second longest-serving PM in the nation's history, only behind his hero Robert Menzies.
Whichever way you look at it, whatever side of politics you find yourself on, you have to admit that John Howard is the consummate Australian politician of his generation.
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No one has had anything like the effect on the Australian ethos and the way Australia is viewed by the rest of the world. Bill Bryson may not be able to remember his name from one week to the next, but George Bush sure knows where and who he is. And that state of affairs might have more to say about where this country currently finds itself than I care to think about. Australia has changed in the past ten years or so, and changed for the worse.
I'm not one to hark back to the days of my youth and see a wide land of sunny skies and bright, smiley people. The country I grew up in the sixties and early seventies was a gauche, insular backwater. Nouvelle cuisine was defined as putting mayonnaise on your fish and chips.
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