Opinion

One of the biggest open secrets in Australian public policy

By Osmond Chiu
Updated July 29 2020 - 7:16am, first published July 26 2020 - 4:30pm
Australian governments have regularly reversed privatisation over the past 20 years. Picture: Shutterstock

Australians hate privatisation. It is politically toxic and has brought down governments on both the political left and right. The strength of public opposition is such that governments actively deny that their decisions even constitute "privatisation". They have often sought out alternative, contracting arrangements to mask the transferring of public assets and functions to the private sector.

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