Nothing conservative about the Right

“There is nothing progressive about the Left”, says Frank Pulsford (The Australian, Last Post, 7/6). Was it the Left or the Right who fought for modern democracy, workers rights, racial and sexual equality, and many other values which are now mainstream? And who opposed these progressions at every step?

Conversely, the modern Right claims the word “conservative”, yet its project is radical, including the dismantling of collective instruments long fundamental to our polity such as public assets and services, economic regulation for the common good, collective bargaining and welfare.

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