The John Hyde Archives

Historic archive of articles and newspaper columns written by former Australian politician John Hyde.

Philosophy

Merrindie

Philosophy  Leadership 

  • Bert Kelly influenced the people into seeing that ideas should sometime prevail over interests.
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Values

Philosophy  Politics 

  • People must be responsible for the consequences of their actions. When the government intervenes, there is a cost and should therefore be limited.
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The Family Conference

Politics  Welfare  Philosophy 

  • Welfare has freed both men and women from responsibilities.
  • A stable and prosperous society depends on stable monogamous families.
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On Re-reading 'The Road to Serfdom'

Politics  Philosophy 

  • The evil to be most feared is the power to force people into conformity. Concentration of power is dangerous.
  • The role of parliament is to check the power of government.
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David Kemp

Politics  Philosophy 

  • Professor Kemp is hopeful that authority is now seen to have limitations and liberal ideas flowing from government groups.
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One Australia *

Philosophy  Individual Rights 

  • Society cannot function without some shared values and some values are so central to our society that they are non-negotiable.
  • Those aspects of our culture that protects civil rights must be accepted by all and it would be unfair to everyone by pretending otherwise.
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Where Do the Liberals Go from Here?

Politics  Philosophy 

  • The underlying issue in the Liberal Party is that it's members do not believe in anything.
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By the Year 2000

Politics  Economics  Philosophy 

  • The most significant changes will be our own attitudes and the sort of society we have in the 2000s will be of our own making.
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Strong Government

Politics  Philosophy  Law 

  • We should not slavishly follow any other country, but we can learn from some. The legal and moral restrains that support a free-market economy should be reformed to make them better.
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Colebatch's Return of The Heroes

Leadership  Philosophy 

  • The average Australian will still defend freedom.
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Social Trends

Philosophy  Politics 

  • The tendencies of our social environment should have the same amount of attention as our physical environment.
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Democratic Imperatives

Politics  Business  Philosophy 

  • Free enterprise values will only adopted by Australian politics if the public wants the values implemented.
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Who Will Govern Us?

Politics  Philosophy  Regulation 

  • Why concentrated vested interests will prevail over general interests is due to public choice theory. However, Australia is moving towards a liberal direction and it will depend on how fast we can liberalise our economy compared to other countries.
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