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ERIC Number: EJ848174
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0818-8068
Mr Howard Goes to Washington--and Brings Home Victory
Glover, Dennis
Australian Universities' Review, v46 n2 p9-10 2004
In June 2002--seven months after the most divisive federal election campaign since 1975--Mr. John Howard went to Washington to be feted by the International Democratic Union--the worldwide association of centre-right political parties. So impressed were they by his against-the-odds victory that they elected him as their Chairman. In a White House function to celebrate the event, one of Howard's travelling party, his chief strategist Lynton Crosby, was introduced to President George W. Bush as "the Karl Rove of Australian politics". This was a revealing tribute. Karl Rove is renowned as the Republican Party's chief practitioner of "wedge politics"--the art of using implicit racial signalling to divide the electorate and split centre-left parties from their blue-collar and tertiary-educated liberal bases. There can be little doubt that the 2001 Australian election was the purest example in modern political history of the art of the wedge. In this article, the author comments on Judith Brett's article (see EJ848172 )and finds little to disagree with in Brett's assessment of the 2001 election. He contends that if her article is deficient it's in underestimating the level of pure political calculation behind Howard's tainted victory and in thinking that the answer lies with reforming the Liberal Party. Nothing in politics or the history of nations is inevitable; it's the result of political choices people make. Howard may or not be a racist at heart, but there is one thing for sure--he is the first significant post-war politician who has been prepared to exploit the politics of race to win at all costs. Others such as Andrew Peacock may have made a half-hearted effort, but Howard is the first to crack the secret code for success. Here, the author tells what really happened, based on reports that circulate in the corridors of power and the Canberra Press Gallery.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia