As a party grounded in democratic principles, we believe in equality of opportunity. Conversely, quotas, which are designed to engineer equality of outcome, are a fundamentally socialist concept, and an anathema to Liberal values.
The Australian, 2 January, 2018. Senator Linda Reynolds
Is the other party not grounded in democratic principles? What does ‘socialist’ there mean? Is it any law designed to engineer an outcome? Is Medicare socialist? Are Liberals so attached to their dogma that deviance is anathema? How long would a coalition government last if it refused to allow quotas in primary industry?
The Senator is good evidence of the swing of puritan dogmatism from one side of politics to the other. Fifty years ago people on the Labor side were wont to say ‘It does not matter if we keep losing as long as we stay pure.’ Now we get this from the Liberals. And ‘anathema’ comes from religion – of a very intolerant kind.
And if the Liberal policy of selecting people on merit gave them people like Tony Abbott, God save us all.
That’s right, so averse was Bradley to a listed company being expected to act ‘‘in a socially responsible manner’’ (on the basis that such a requirement ‘‘is fraught with subjectivity [so] should be removed’’), he penned a 13-page submission to the Australian Securities Exchange’s Corporate Governance Council. In July. As in less than five months ago.
‘‘I have the same concern about the use of the phrase ‘social licence to operate’,’’ he establishes on page 9, faulting ‘‘the slipperiness of this concept’’.
‘‘It is at best a metaphor for a company’s brand or reputation in the community. It would, therefore, be better to frame this commentary in terms of ‘the importance of culture to the preservation and enhancement of a company’s brand and reputation which are important sources of value and competitive advantage’. This would avoid the open ended, vague and controversial notion that companies have a ‘social licence’ as distinct from legal licences to operate.’’
Australian Financial Review, 11 December, 2018
The terms culture, brand and value are, it is apparently said, not open ended or vague.