May 26, 2014

The United States of Australia

Warwick Smith, The Guardian

The Associated Press

In terms of social and economic policy Australia has, for the last 40 years or so, sat somewhere between the free market individualist policies of the Unites States and the social democracy approach of much of continental Europe. Australia has had effective social safety nets, free universal healthcare (as long as your teeth and gums don’t count as part of your body) and a relatively high standard of public education. However, our social safety nets and our healthcare system have never been as generous as those of Europe’s most successful social democracies.

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