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The Asian Century is So Last Century

I have an op-ed in today’s Australian making the obvious comparison between the Asian Century White Paper and the 1989 Garnaut report. As I note in the op-ed, Garnaut’s most significant recommendation, the abolition of protection by the beginning of the 21st century, remains unrealised.

If the Garnaut recommendations could not be fully implemented in the reform era of the 1990s, it would seem unlikely that our contemporary political culture will make much progress in implementing the few substantive recommendations contained in the ACWP.

The ACWP will join the Henry review and the Rudd defence white paper as monuments to a failed process for public policy development and implementation.

posted on 29 October 2012 by skirchner in Economics

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