From community volunteer action to neoliberal refugee settlement
Recently, I heard a state Liberal politician argue for more government regulation in the private market, specifically of banks and electricity suppliers. Some of his comments fell just short of a call for nationalisation. Might this foreshadow the demise of the competitive-tendering genie that escaped the containment of common sense in the 1980s? It may not be realised, but people granted asylum in Australia have also been casualties of outsourcing: their marginal status and diminished entitlement has been fertile ground for the mean seeds of privatisation.
SOURCE: Brinnand, John. “Privatising Asylum” [online]. Arena Magazine (Fitzroy, Vic), No. 161, Aug 2019.
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