Opinion: Convergence theory explains the lack of choice in Australian politics

May 19, 2015

Professor Benjamin ReillyThe 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.

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