Costello at the MRC

Friday, 09 September 2016

Candid conversation with the former Treasurer

Costello at the MRC



Politicians cannot outsource responsibility for reform, Peter Costello told a Menzies Research Centre Business Breakfast in Sydney on 9 September 2016.

“The Liberal Party is supposed to be the custodian of small government and low tax. “That’s what it’s there for and if the Liberal Party decides to give up that traditional ground there won’t be anyone arguing for it.

“I don’t want to see us lose that policy debate and I don’t want to see us sort of get psychologically bludgeoned into this idea that (higher tax and higher spending) is Australia’s future: it’s not...

“I think Labor’s got a very clear view of what it’s there for, it’s got a clear view of its constituency, and it’s got a very clear view of how it will stand by that constituency.  

“But the Liberal Party’s got to think about what are the things that it’s really going to chase over the next decade.”

Costello's comments were given front page treatment in The Weekend Australian.

Click below for seven minutes of highlights or HERE to watch the 70-minute event in full.

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