Opinion: Convergence theory explains the lack of choice in Australian politics May 19, 2015 The Dean of Murdoch’s Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs, Professor Benjamin Reilly says the political science theory of convergence was on full display during budget week. The convergence thesis holds that the main Australian political parties will, over time, converge upon near-identical policy positions on most issues. In a piece for The Conversation, Professor Reilly says the Coalition government produced a Labor budget, with some sops to small business, while the opposition did its best in its budget reply to promise more of the same, unfunded. Planning for a balanced budget and the more challenging task of intergenerational equity were ignored by both sides. You can read Professor Reilly’s article here. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Sir Walter Murdoch School Tags: australian labor party, benjamin reilly, convergence thesis, federal budget, liberal party, sir walter murdoch school of public policy and international affairs, the conversation Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!